All parents want to do the best for our children – to nurture them and keep them safe and well until they’re able to take care of themselves.
It is beyond me, then, why an estimated 3,800 children in Wales have still not been vaccinated against measles, mumps or rubella – despite the fact that there is now a very serious measles epidemic.
Measles is not like chicken pox. It can be very dangerous, causing eye disorders, deafness, brain damage, or, worst case scenario, death. This is not a disease to be messed with.
Of course, the whole MMR vaccine controversy was caused by scientific misconduct. It was proved that the author of the original paper, Andrew Wakefield, had undeclared conflicts of interest and manipulated evidence. His paper was discredited in 2010 and he was struck off by the GMC in 2011. There have been other studies all around the world and none have found a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. It is natural for parents to want to find a reason why their children developed autism, but the scientific evidence is that the MMR is not to blame. Those are the facts.
If you’re still not sure whether to get your child vaccinated against measles, I urge you to read this incredibly moving article by Roald Dahl on the death of his daughter. I’ve shared it frequently, but now more than ever it seems prudent to share it again.