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Double MMR dose boy tested for autism.

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy accidentally given a double dose of the controversial MMR vaccine is being tested for suspected autism.

The boy, whose mother has asked he is not named, was given the second jab in January after moving house from Kendal,Cumbria, to another town in south Lakeland.

His new GP said there was no record of him having received the vaccine. But only days after being given the jab a second time,health officials rang his mother to tell her he had been given a double dose.

Beforehand he had been ``a little boy without a care in the world'',but after being given the jab again,his mother said his behaviour changed ``dramatically''.

Her son was now undergoing further tests to try to determine if he has developed the condition, she said.

``He has tantrums and is violent when he doesn't understand something and can't cope with groups of people,''his mother said.

``We are convinced that it is autism and so is the rest of the family.''

His parents are having to reconsider whether or not to give their other children an MMR booster to protect against measles,mumps and rubella.

``We love our children dearly and do not want anyone else to go through this,'' theboy's mother said.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 18, 2003
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