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Rapid response to:


Finnish study confirms safety of MMR vaccine

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 20 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:130

Rapid Response:

To the Point

If a group of people collapse after eating, say, Lemon Sole,in a
particular restaurant, it would be ludicrous for those responsible to wave
a hand over the problem saying that millions of people eat Lemon Sole
every day and there are no problems. Health and Safety officials will get
straight to the point of the issue and look at the fish in the restaurant,
look at the individuals, test findings in the lab.

As hundreds of parents have found their children to react to vaccine,
in some cases leading to the `new variant autism` of loss of communication
skills, motor impairments and bowel problems, is it not these cases the
Government should be looking at for answers?

The incidence of this particular tapestry of autism is indisputable.
This is not related to increased recogniton of autism, The TYPE is unusual
and baffling to education and health professionals. In one of my cases of
very obvious and indisputable reaction to pertussis vaccine the child in
question has been found to have Kawasaki disease, her own immune system
attacking itself. She presents as Asperger. There is no autism in the
family. but the baby had allergies prior to the vaccine.It is scientific
examination of cases like this which will enable us to ultimately put
measures in place to reassure the public.

Blanket refusal to look at the real issues and prevention of
individuals exercising choice seems a dangerous policy, especially just
before an election.

Editorial comment
The parents of the child whose case is mentioned in this response have given their written informed consent to publication.

Competing interests: No competing interests

14 February 2001
Lisa Blakemore-Brown
Independetn Psychologist, specialising in Autism and ADHD