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FPH signs a statement on MMR

Today the General Medical Council has announced that Dr Andrew Wakefield, who first suggested a link between MMR vaccine and autism, "failed in his duties as a responsible consultant.”

The hearing started in 2007 and focused on whether Dr Wakefield was guilty of unethical research practices. It did not look at evidence as to whether a link between the MMR vaccine and autism exists or not.

FPH has co-signed a statement on MMR to mark the announcement.

The statement reads:

“The undersigned believe that the MMR triplevaccine protects the health of children. A large body of scientific evidence shows no link between the vaccine and autism.”

  • Medical Research Council
  • Wellcome Trust
  • Royal College of Physicians of London
  • Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  • Royal College of Pathologists
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • British Medical Association
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust
  • Royal Society of Medicine
  • UCL Institute of Child Health
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Faculty of Public Health

Dr Meirion Evans, Chair of the Faculty’s Health Protection Committee, commented:

“There is overwhelming evidence for the safety and efficacy of the MMR vaccine. Measles, mumps, and rubella are all serious diseases. Sadly, the MMR vaccine scare has led to a drop in uptake rates of the vaccine since the mid 1990s. Because of this, cases of these infections are on the rise and children continue to be put at risk. Making sure that our children are fully immunised with MMR is the best way to stamp out these diseases. And if any child has missed their MMR jab in the past, it is never too late to get them protected.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

For interviews with Dr Meirion Evans, please contact Suvi Kingsley in the FPH Press Office on 020 7935 3115.

 

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Written: 28/01/2010 , last modified: 16/08/2010