The UK Department of Health welcomes the advice issued on Friday by the
Committee on Safety of Medicines and the Joint Committee on
Vaccination and Immunization that MMR vaccine remains the safest way
to protect children.
The Committee on Safety of Medicines has conducted a further detailed
review of the safety data and the Chairman, Professor Alasdair
"MMR vaccine is very safe. There is no question mark whatever over
A recently published BMJ study, which was carried out over two years ago, GP's do not appear to be questioning the use of the MMR vaccine. The study highlights that some health professionals lacked awareness of up-to-date information on the rationale for the second dose of MMR.
The authors of the study commented that good written resources on MMR
do exist. It is important for health professionals to keep up to date
with all of the available scientific literature and this study shows
that those health professionals who were more informed were more
confident about the vaccine.
The Department of Health regularly produces and circulates detailed
information on MMR safety to health professionals as well as parents
- letters and electronic messages from the Government's Chief
Medical Officer sent to all GP's and nurses involved with childhood
- factsheets and leaflets for parents and health professionals
setting out Questions and Answers about the safety of the MMR vaccine
- seminars for nurses, health visitors and GPs to talk over issues
The Department of Health has produced a new leaflet for
parents on MMR (available in today's issue) and has an updated factsheet
for health professionals. More information for parents and health professionals is also available on www.immunization.org.uk
Repeated studies have given MMR a clean bill of health. Practitioners can feel comfortable giving the vaccine to patients.