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Back To Vidyya MMR Vaccine Given Clean Bill Of Health

Vaccine Is The Safest Way To Protect Children Against Life Threatening Illnesses

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 Breckenridge said:

"MMR vaccine is very safe. There is no question mark whatever over its licensing."

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 including:

- letters and electronic messages from the Government's Chief Medical Officer sent to all GP's and nurses involved with childhood Immunization programs

- 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 around MMR

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

Repeated studies have given MMR a clean bill of health. Practitioners can feel comfortable giving the vaccine to patients.

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