chillicamper wrote:Glad to hear Thing 2 is OK. There have been a few measles cases around recently due to people not getting their kids vaccinated. My mum has a friend in Kenya who is blind because of the effects of measles when he was 3 years old. Why do people risk it?
Dotsie wrote:Very true. Andrew Wakefield committed fraud by what he said about the MMR vaccine, he was just trying to make money - he was being paid by litigators to find a link between the vaccine and autism, which he didn't manage to do. This must have upset him because he'd already taken out a patent for three single vaccines. So he called a press conference and said that there was a link and encouraged the use of single vaccines so that parents would insist on having them. But they're not available on the NHS, so many children just went without.
The man should have gone to prison for what he did, striking him off wasn't suficient punishment.
Penfold wrote:I don't think they do them these days but my mum attended these 'parties' when she was a child, although she never caught measles.
The only 'childhood' disease that I had was mumps and I get really nervous around parents whose children have chicken pox or one of the others (I have no idea if I can catch it from them or even whether they can carry the virus).
janet wrote:I didn't know there was a vaccine for chicken pox. I've had it three times...as a small child, at college and in my early 30s (2nd and 3rd times both diagnosed by a GP and milder bouts than when I was a child)
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