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How safe is the MMR Vaccine?

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How safe is the MMR Vaccine? The MMR vaccine is an immunisation against measles, mumps and rubella. The vaccine was licensed in 1963, and a booster version was administered in the mid 1990s. Children are normally given this vaccination, through an injection, when they reach the age of one. They will receive a second injection before they turn two, in order to ensure that they are fully immunised. Ever since the vaccine was introduced in the 1970s, there have been over 500 million doses given out in more than 60 countries, and a countless number of questions have arisen over its safety.[1] After the children have received the MMR vaccination, 10% of them are likely to develop these side-effects, five to twelve days after they have had their first injection: a fever, malaise (depression), and a rash. 5% of the children may also suffer from some impermanent joint pain. ...read more.

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Due to a public drop in confidence, the number of people having an immunisation against MMR began to fall. Health officials became worried that a measles epidemic would break out. And it did. In 1998, two children in the Republic of Ireland died, and numerous people were left disabled, as a result of this measles epidemic. Sweden carried out a population study in 1998, and discovered there was no vast change in the number of children born with autism, before and after the MMR vaccine was launched in 1982.[4] In September 2006, it was revealed that there was no scientific proof that autism is caused or triggered by the MMR vaccine.[5] A study in 2007 found that autism rates continued rising, after the withdrawal of the vaccine in Japan. This is the strongest piece of evidence to date, which dismisses the link between the MMR vaccine and autism.[6] The latest research regarding this topic has once again rejected these claims. ...read more.

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The central concern over the safety of the MMR vaccine has always been its link with autism. However, after ten years of research into this claim, I believe there is enough substantial data to prove that this is false; so it unnecessary for the public to believe these claims anymore. This was just a theory; and it is a theory that has been consistently proved wrong in the past decade. This pointless scare put the nation in jeopardy of a measles epidemic. It is a surprise however, that people are willing to put themselves in the risk of contracting measles, mumps or rubella, for an accusation that has never once provided any hard evidence to back it up with. The MMR vaccine was created for a purely beneficial reason, which is to prevent individuals from getting measles, mumps or rubella. The vaccine may not be 100% safe, as no scientist can guarantee any vaccine will be, but from the scientific research that has been evaluated, I conclude that there is no danger in receiving this vaccination. ...read more.

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