Bitter pill

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

A British high court has ruled that parents must immunise their children against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) using the controversial combined vaccine. Significantly, the MMR vaccine has been implicated in triggering off a number of diseases such as autism, diabetes and epilepsy apart from inflammatory bowel disorders and behavioural problems. The judgment, on the contrary, claims that information on the preventive's adverse effects is not yet conclusive.

Parents have raised doubts regarding the vaccine, because to date no study has been conducted to irrefutably prove that it is safe. The vaccine has actually been banned in Japan because of its adverse effects. Even in Canada, a safer alternative is used.

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