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How parents decide on MMR

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 23 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:492
  1. Sharon Alcock, health specialist
  1. BBC Radio Five Live

    A radio journalist describes giving one family a unique perspective on the triple vaccine story

    Early in the new year I was asked to work on an in-depth piece about MMR. I “adopted” the Warburton family, who had emailed the BBC saying that they were in a quandary over whether or not to vaccinate their 14 month old first-born, Phillip. It seemed the simplest way to illustrate how parents are thinking, and the effect that the polarised arguments for and against MMR are having on them.

    I took the Warburtons to see some of the people who have had a role in the debate: Dr Peter Mansfield, who was referred to the General Medical Council for offering single vaccines and whose case was dropped; Dr Elizabeth Miller at the Public Health Laboratory Service; and the charity Sense, which represents people who are deaf and blind, which is often the result of rubella. They spoke to the deputy chief medical officer, …

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