The Third Degree. MMR: Can You Decide?BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7415.628 (Published 11 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:628
- Abi Berger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BBC Three, 11 September, 9 pm
I have a confession to make. I am entirely in favour of the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccination, and actively support its use. I am for all vaccination programmes, because I believe in protecting our communities, and I have seen at first hand what happens in countries that do not enjoy the privileges that we have in the United Kingdom.
That said, I find it quite tough being a general practitioner—getting caught in the middle between caring for individual patients while still defending the “masses.” And I find parents who happily support the general notion that our children should be vaccinated, yet withhold their own cherubs from doing their bit towards herd immunity, utterly selfish.
So I was looking forward to watching this programme about how parents decide whether or not to have their children vaccinated. I was hoping …
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