The MMR Vaccination is a safe, effective combination injection to protect children and adults from 3 separate diseases: Measles, Mumps and Rubella (sometimes called German Measles). The diseases had all been eradicated from Europe and the United States for the past 40 years along with other diseases that had taken many lives 100 years ago such as Small Pox, Diphtheria, Plague and Polio. The National Health Service recommends all children receive 2 doses for protection. The first should be given after a baby's antibodies from the mother have dissipated around 1 year and the second dose before entering primary education between the ages of 3 and 5 years of age.
Unfortunately, an erroneous scare about a link between Autism and the MMR vaccination during the years of 1996 through 2004 lead to a measles epidemic in the US earlier this year. Lately, the number of vaccinated children was again on the rise.
The US epidemic started in Disneyland in California where many children are found. An unvaxxed child with the disease infected as many as 18 others who in turn infected, and before long, 84 people were infected in 14 different US states from one day of exposure. The epidemic was mainly blamed on doctors who influenced parents after the fraudulent Wakefield Study in the UK which did a considerable amount of harm. Over 30 babies under the age of 1 year were infected and quarantined.
According to BBC and New Sky the number of vaccinated children in England has fallen again below the targeted rate of 95%. The worst percentages are in the London Burroughs where data is showing a low of 80%. Health officials are worried.
Unvaccinated children and adults may be susceptible to infections in the future which could cause another epidemic.
Dr. David Elliman of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Care is hopeful that the latest figures may not be accurate and only due to lack of the latest data taken from busy and overworked employees.