By Michael Fitzpatrick
"Speculation that MMR - the mixed vaccine opposed to measles, mumps and rubella - could be a reason behind autism in youngsters has provoked fierce controversy and common anxiety." "Though scientific opinion is overwhelmingly in favour of MMR, the crusade opposed to the vaccine has made many oldsters anxious and stressed. either execs and oldsters fight to deal with the ensuing anxieties and fears and locate it tricky to get a balanced account of the issues." "In MMR and Autism Michael Fitzpatrick, a health care provider who's additionally the mum or dad of an autistic baby, explains why he believes the anti-MMR crusade is faulty in a manner that may reassure mom and dad contemplating vaccination and in addition relieve the continuing anxieties of oldsters of autistic childrens. even as the e-book offers healthcare pros and healthiness stories scholars with an available assessment of a latest wellbeing and fitness and media factor with major coverage implications."--Jacket. Read more...
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Richard Barr and Kirsten Limb, solicitors leading parents’ litigation against MMR; Limb, Barr 1998:31) For most parents, our children are everything to us: our hopes, our ambitions, our future. Our children are cherished and loved. uk/everychildmatters/) The MMR-autism scare emerged in Britain in the late 1990s at a time of unprecedented social anxiety over environmental threats to health and safety. The perception that antibiotics and pesticides—as well as immunisations—may be to blame for the apparent rise in the prevalence of autism may sound preposterous.
Both put great emphasis on the close temporal association between vaccination and the appearance of the adverse effect. Defenders of the vaccines pointed out that both fits and autism commonly appeared around the time of immunisation and that, if one followed the other, coincidence was the most likely explanation. Although readily criticised for being open to bias in their selection of cases, and for confusing association with causation, case report studies had a profound effect on public opinion, particularly when presented in the form of ‘human interest’ stories in the popular media.
Doctors remember the infectious diseases of childhood differently from other people. Some of my friends and patients nostalgically recall spending happy days off school with mothers and grandmothers. No doubt for most people these illnesses were not so severe; for others, a benign amnesia seems to have blanked out the distressing aspects of the experience, as it often does the pains of childbirth. In the nature of their work, doctors’ attention is drawn to the more severe cases and to patients who experience complications, most of all to the occasional fatalities, and these linger long in the memory.