Press statements have included: "...[MMR] is perfectly safe and perfectly effective." "That may mean that some young children will have three MMR jabs...That is not a problem. It is perfectly safe and perfectly effective." and one of the strongest claims: "There's no adverse effect to this extra jab [3rd MMR]..." Even yesterday in the Guardian an expert '..stressed that parents should not be concerned about side-effects of vaccination. "The scientific evidence is very clear, abundantly clear, that these [MMR] vaccines are safe - there is no relationship with autism," he said.'
From a doctor's or nurse's point of view giving the vaccine is perfectly safe. It is extremely difficult for any parent to hold the vaccinator, the practice, the health department or the manufacturer to account if the child is seriously harmed or dies.
From a parent's point of view perfectly safe means that little Robert isn't going to have his brain scrambled and stay forever as an infant.
Let me make this clear: vaccines are NOT perfectly safe. The manufacturers know this and so does the Government. The former lists the adverse events both minor and severe in their product information supplied with the vaccines. The latter administers the DWP Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme following an Act passed through parliament which has paid out over £74.1 million so far. Some of these payments have been made to MMR vaccine-damaged children, some of whom have died from their injuries. There is no mention of any of this when PH officials give interviews or when a parent is called to have their child vaccinated. How can parents make an informed consent?
And what of measles and statistics? During a measles outbreak in Wales in 2013 PH officers were interviewed and provided the initial diagnosed numbers of measles cases. However, when the actual numbers of laboratory confirmed cases came through, these much lower numbers were never adjusted and publicised in subsequent press reports.(1)
In Italy were it has just been announced that 10 vaccinations are to become compulsory we find that their Minister of Health has given interviews in 2013 in which she has stated over 260 children died in London because of measles. This claim was repeated a year later where she stated that the number of children who had died in London was 200.(2)
I repeat how can parents make an informed consent when these kind of statistics are used to pressure, scare and coerce especially when this bad information is coming from public officials who are supposed to be acting in the public's interest.