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MMR vaccine: Johnson urges new impetus to increase uptake as UK loses measles-free status

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5219 (Published 20 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5219

Re: MMR vaccine: Johnson urges new impetus to increase uptake as UK loses measles-free status

Dear Dr Anand [1],

The trouble is health officials will never admit that the truth is as ever messy: they have to try and persuade everyone to have the products, and there are already far too many on the schedule. They have to promote belief in the seamless perfection of the programme even though it is fraying all over the place [2]. They have to insist on the effectiveness of the products, the hazards of not having them and their claimed extraordinary safety: it is not surprising they want to shut down public discussion altogether. Boris Johnson, whether or not he survives, looks as if he is even more hooked on Big Science than other politicians as his remarks about GM outside No 10 back in July indicate. But people have to realise the potential consequences of almost any medical action are not straightforward, and multiple vaccination is surely no different.

[1] JK Anand, 'Re: MMR vaccine: Johnson urges new impetus to increase uptake as UK loses measles-free status', 2 September 2019, https://www.bmj.com/content/366/bmj.l5219/rr-3

[2] John Stone, 'Refusing public dialogue is not (a) sign of strength', 2 September 2019, https://www.bmj.com/content/366/bmj.l5219/rr-2

Competing interests: No competing interests

03 September 2019
John Stone
UK Editor
AgeofAutism.com
London N22