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Aspects of MMR

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7364.597 (Published 14 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:597

Survey shows that some homoeopaths and chiropractors advise against MMR

  1. K Schmidt, Pilkington research fellow,
  2. E Ernst, director
  1. Department of Complementary Medicine, University of Exeter, Exeter EX2 4NT
  2. Satamakatu 15 B 15, 48100 Kotka, Finland

    EDITOR—Vaccination for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) is highly controversial.1 One of us (EE) found that some providers of complementary medicine have a negative attitude towards immunisation.2 We therefore evaluated and compared the response of professional homoeopaths, chiropractors, and general practitioners to an inquiry about MMR vaccination.

    We obtained the email addresses of the three health professions from these websites: www.homeopath.co.uk/directory/directory1.htm www.chiro-online.com/interadcom/chiro.html www.internet-gp.com/gpsites/alphabet.htm. We also visited the private homepages of homoeopaths and chiropractors on the internet. We sent a letter in which a mother asked for advice about the MMR vaccination for her 1 year old child to all the addresses. We explained to all those who responded that the query was, in fact, part of a research project, giving them opportunity to withdraw their answers. …

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