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Liverpool Echo Comment: Protect your children.

IT is a debate which simply will not go away.

And the fact that Merseyside parents have spent pounds 720,000 on single measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations in six months is ample demonstation of the fact.

Since February, some 4,000 children have avoided the controversial MMR vaccine in favour of the single jabs.

Largely, these parents made their decision because of an alleged link with the MMR injection and autism and bowel disease.

According to Kathryn Durnford, spokeswoman for Direct Health 2000, which operates a clinic in Rodney Street, the figures proved that parents have lost confidence in MMR.

She may, in part, be right. In the first three months of this year, just 80% of two-year-olds had the MMR jab in Sefton, 81% in St Helens and Knowsley, 82% in Liverpool and 85% in Wirral.

But one indisputable fact remains: the MMR vaccine remains our most effective protection against measles, mumps and rubella.

The risk of death or disability to children from contracting measles is far greater than the risk of side effects from the MMR.

In this instance, it is better to listen to the experts and make sure your child has the jab.
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Date:Aug 19, 2002
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