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MMR fears ‘increase chance of deadly measles outbreak’

Posted By admin On August 20, 2008 @ 3:27 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Fiona Macrae
UK Daily Mail [1]
Wednesday, Aug 20, 2008

Fears about the safety of the MMR jab could dramatically increase the chances of outbreaks of measles, researchers have warned.

A study has shown that even a small drop in the number of children vaccinated can greatly raise the odds of an outbreak of the potentially deadly disease.

The fear-factor effect is greatest when vaccination levels are hovering just below the target needed to keep the disease at bay in the population as a whole.

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For example, the Swiss researchers calculated that if nine in ten children are vaccinated, there are unlikely to be any outbreaks of the disease.

But, if the nine in ten are vaccinated at a time when there are worries about the safety of the jab, the disease could thrive, with the number of cases similar to that expected if just seven in ten were vaccinated.

The researchers say vaccine scares can lead to clusters of unvaccinated children, making spread more likely than if the unprotected youngsters were spread evenly around the country.

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[2] Unvaccinated kids banned from Indiana school due to measles ‘outbreak’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/unvaccinated-kids-banned-from-indiana-school-due-to-measles-outbreak.html

[3] What they won’t admit about measles outbreaks: Most children who catch measles were already vaccinated: http://www.prisonplanet.com/what-they-wont-admit-about-measles-outbreaks-most-children-who-catch-measles-were-already-vaccinated.html

[4] Mumps outbreak spreads among people who got vaccinated against mumps: http://www.prisonplanet.com/mumps-outbreak-spreads-among-people-who-got-vaccinated-against-mumps.html

[5] Ministry dismisses Andrew Wakefield’s criticism over Wales measles outbreak: http://www.prisonplanet.com/ministry-dismisses-andrew-wakefields-criticism-over-wales-measles-outbreak.html

[6] Canada: ’52 of the 98 Teens Who Caught Measles Were Fully Vaccinated’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/canada-%e2%80%9952-of-the-98-teens-who-caught-measles-were-fully-vaccinated%e2%80%99.html

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