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12 January 2001
CPHVA CALLS FOR PARENTS TO SUPPORT MMR VACCINE
Renewed support for children to be immunised with the MMR vaccine came today (Friday, 12 January) from the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association.
The CPHVA, which represents 18,000 health visitors and community nurses, said it was essential that parents continued to support the MMR vaccination programme "as mumps, measles and rubella are still deadly diseases for babies and infants".
The CPHVA’s Director, Jackie Carnell said: "The CPHVA is satisfied, at this moment in time, that there is no link between MMR with serious adverse reactions."
New research from Finland, covering a 14-year period between 1982-96, has shown that three million vaccine doses of MMR only produced a possible incidence of serious adverse reactions linked with the MMR vaccination of 3.2 per 100,000 doses.
Ms Carnell said that the length of the study and the numbers vaccinated made a convincing case that the chances of an adverse reaction in the UK were "infinitesimal".
Ms Carnell said:
"The CPHVA recognises there is a problem in trying to allay the growing public perception, fuelled by headline grabbing media coverage, that there is a risk with MMR.
Ms Carnell warned: "The last time there was a measles epidemic in Britain in 1988, there were 86,000 reported cases, resulting in 16 deaths. We must avoid a repetition of this scale of outbreak in the future; and vaccination is the best – and only - defence."
NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS
The report on the Finnish research is available in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, Vol. 19 (12), December 2000
For further information, please contact:
Jackie Carnell - 0468 737773
Shaun Noble Press Officer - 020 7939 7043
mobile - 07768 69 39 40
CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA web site: www.msfcphva.org
The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance union. The CPHVA represents 18,000 health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.