Measles—a minor childhood illness?BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7317.875 (Published 13 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:875
- Lesley Morrison, general practitioner
Several weeks ago, the BBC Radio 4 phone-in programme You and Yours tackled the subject of the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. David Elliman, consultant in community child health at St George's Hospital, London, and author of a BMJ editorial on MMR (BMJ 2001;322:183-4), was in the studio. There were calls from parents saying that their children had developed autism after having the MMR vaccine, and others from parents who firmly believed that the single vaccine was the way forward. Then a woman rang in to say that she had had measles at the age of 5 and it wasn't such an innocuous disease. She had been deaf ever since. Finally, there was the mother who called to say that her child, who had had the MMR vaccine, was autistic; she believed that the two were completely unconnected.
Measles is not a trivial illness. If you're unlucky, like Adam, it may take away your life
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