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This blog will reflect my interests in learning disabilities, nursing, nursing theory, philosophy and politics and my general interests in the arts and literature. (Nursing is an art as well as a science!) Philosophy and nursing have been intrinsically linked since the days of Socrates, his mother was a midwife, and taught him everything he knew!

Thursday, March 03, 2005

MMR Vaccine and Autism - There Is No Connection

New research has been published which adds to the weight of evidence that. '’ there is no link between the MMR vaccine and Autism

I have worked with people with learning disabilities for over a decade now, including many with autism, and I have always been sceptical about this supposed link.

When a child has an unexplained disability, their parents are desperate for any kind of an explanation about why their child has been affected. The MMR vaccine filled this need for a while, but the rising fear of such immunisations has meant a greatly increased risk of harm to children due to the decline in ‘herd immunity’ in the general population, to what can be very serious illnesses indeed.

The antics of politicians like Tony Blair has not helped promote vaccination. He refused to publicly say whether his own children had been immunised, while preaching to everyone else that the vaccine was perfectly safe.

When the public suspects that politicians are not telling the truth, they are, more often than not, absolutely right. Sadly in this case, the politicians were telling the truth, but behaving as if they did not believe it themselves…

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