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Is the MMR vaccination safe?

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  • Essay length: 5390 words
  • Submitted: 16/01/2010
  • Marked by teacher: (?) Ross Robertson
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5 star(s)

This case study which examines the risk to children of the MMR vaccine is an outstanding piece of work, well-researched, well-written and presented in such a way that the reader, no matter what their scientific background, can understand the writer's arguments with ease.

Whilst it is extremely difficult to remain completely neutral on this subject, particularly with the current measles outbreak in Swansea (April 2013), nonetheless, the writer manages to present both sides of the argument in a dispassionate way, focusing on the scientific evidence rather than emotive newspaper headlines (and there are plenty of those at present!)

I have no hesitation in giving this essay 5 stars and congratulate the writer on a very accomplished piece of scientific writing.

5 stars

Marked by teacher Ross Robertson 24/04/2013

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Introduction

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How does MMR give immunity?

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How was MMR tested for safety?

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What about the side effects?

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Is there a link to autism and bowel disease?

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Are separate vaccinations a better alternative?

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What about mercury in vaccinations?

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Are homeopathic substitutes an alternative?

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Conclusion

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Bibliography and References

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Introduction

MMR is a combined, live, attenuated vaccination which is given to children firstly at 13 months and then again as a booster at 3 years 4 months. It provides immunity against three diseases caused by viruses: measles, mumps and rubella. The diseases are all extremely unpleasant and can lead to serious complications (26).

* Measles is an extremely infectious virus that usually causes high-fever, a rash and generally feeling unwell and will usually last for around five days in children, however sometimes longer in adults. One in every fifteen children will have serious complications, such as chest infections, fits and encephalitis (the swelling of the brain which can lead to brain damage).

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MbT essay summary

This case study which examines the risk to children of the MMR vaccine is an outstanding piece of work, well-researched, well-written and presented in such a way that the reader, no matter what their scientific background, can understand the writer's arguments with ease.

Whilst it is extremely difficult to remain completely neutral on this subject, particularly with the current measles outbreak in Swansea (April 2013), nonetheless, the writer manages to present both sides of the argument in a dispassionate way, focusing on the scientific evidence rather than emotive newspaper headlines (and there are plenty of those at present!)

I have no hesitation in giving this essay 5 stars and congratulate the writer on a very accomplished piece of scientific writing.

5 stars

Marked by teacher Ross Robertson 24/04/2013

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