I write this on the
exact 17th anniversary of my son's MMR vaccine on June 13, 1990. I have
studied biochemistry and microbiology at University in the UK and have always
known that my son's regression into autism occurred because of MMR.
Had my son been as unwell on that Wednesday as he became three days later on the following Saturday he would never had had the vaccine because he was so unwell. After the MMR, he had a febrile convulsion, his head rapidly enlarged, he had a total loss of appetite, he screamed incessantly, became withdrawn and developed excessive salivation – all within ten days following the MMR.
He then continued to regress into autism. Any mother would make the same association: the reactions of the baby were a direct result of the MMR vaccine. Mothers have instincts about their babies. It was formally recorded (on September 21, 1990) in his GP notes that I had serious concerns on the "rubella" vaccine. My son had only had the one rubella vaccine, namely MMR.
I found out that it was the Urabe-containing MMR that had been withdrawn from Canada three weeks previous to his vaccination. Canada had withdrawn its licence, having previously suspended its use. But it took our health agencies a further two years to stop using Urabe MMR in the UK. Even then, it is debatable whether all condemned vaccine was removed from circulation given that there was a shortage of the “safer” Jeryl-Lynn mumps strain.
My son received the Urabe vaccine because of where we lived: it was a postcode lottery. Our lives would change forever and nothing ever will bring back the child I lost on that day, 17 years ago today.
Eunice O'Connell, Liskeard, Cornwall 13.06.07
We are from America
and my son received three MMR jabs, the second one being the triple vaccination
you discussed (Urabe MMR). The doctor's office called me a few months after
the second MMR and told me that kids were getting the mumps so come back
and get another shot of MMR. My son then began to regress in a fog.
MMR and the mercury in the other vaccines are causing brain injury (ie inflammation of the brain). The three viruses in MMR do not happen naturally at the same time of the year, and combining them is dangerous. The vaccine program in America is crumbling. After the three deaths from the HPV vaccine, I think that parents are getting smart.
The British government statement, ‘The benefit out-weighs the risk,’ is something out of Nazi Germany.
My 20-year-old son is 80% improved through therapy, anti-virals, dietary changes and nutritional supplements. I did not file with the vaccine injury compensation fund. The vaccine makers are pro-tected against lawsuits in America. There is a fund created to help those damaged by vaccines. To date, autism has not been deemed a reason to compensate parents. Next month, June 11, the first of 5,200 cases will be heard in front of a court.
I filed for disability, and my son receives a cheque each month: I proved to the social security administration that he has mercury poisoning and viral inflammation of the brain from the MMR. At least they believed me with all his test results.
Elaine Dow, Annapolis, Maryland, USA, of Advocates for Children's Health Affected by Mercury Poisoning (ACHAMP) 26.05.07
This whole brouhaha
reminds me of the report some years ago where the editor of the Bulletin
of Medical Ethics accused the UK health authorities of scaring the public
into lining up for the jab because of a purported epidemic of measles coming
up, when, first, there was no good evidence of such a pending event, and,
second, it turned out that one component of the jab was reaching its use-by
How good it is that in our day and age we have the benefit of such a scanner of info as the FOIA Centre. Keep up the good work.
Stan Stanfield, Forres, Moray 25.03.07
As time moves on, more
incriminating evidence is coming to the fore. The individuals responsible
will soon have nowhere to hide. Our children have suffered unnecessarily.
The vaccine measles virus has been detected in CSF (cerebral spinal fluid) and intestines of children and was identified in my son's brain tissue. Where's the major official investigation that should have begun at least a decade ago?
Wendy Pickering, Brighton 25.03.07
Now that we know the
dangers of the first MMR vaccine were ignored by government officials, I
have absolutely no confidence in their continuing assertion that there is
absolutely no link between MMR II and autism in children. One day it will
become clear that we have been told lies and there has been a huge cover
up. To all those parents seeking the truth: do not give up.
Anthony Fleet, Liverpool 12.03.07
Your article was brought
to my attention by my in-laws in the UK. I now live in the US. I wonder
whether any children have developed other illnesses close to receiving MMR
administered in 1988.
My son was diagnosed with acute lymphablastic leukaemia (ALL) ten days or so post-MMR dose. I realise this is not one of the side-effects that you mentioned. I have been reassured many times that it had nothing to do with triggering ALL. My son is alive, 19 now and persevering against side-effects of treatment 18 years ago.
Jessica Mullan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA 09.03.07
I note that you have
implied that Urabe-based MMR vaccines could cause death from mumps meningitis/encephalitis.
I am not aware of any deaths that were shown to have been caused by the
Urabe mumps virus in the MMR vaccines used in this country between 1988
Please could you provide details that support your statement, or please remove this misleading information.
Dr David Salisbury, director of immunisation, department of health, London 08.03.07
Our report in fact said: “It [Urabe MMR] was blamed for the deaths of several children after being withdrawn by the department of health in 1992.”
In a discussion with Dr David Salisbury, he clar-ified that his objection was that, irrespective of whether Urabe MMR had been blamed for causing deaths, he does not accept that any such deaths have in fact resulted from Urabe MMR or any other MMR.
We referred him to the judgement, of March 13, 2003 of the Osaka district court in Japan, which ruled that the death of two children (among numerous other serious conditions) were caused by Urabe MMR.
He said in response that Japan had a different Urabe MMR from the two Urabe MMR vaccines that were used in the UK.
However, it remains that it was established in this case – to the satisfaction of a court in Japan – that the deaths of two children were caused by Urabe MMR.
In addition, we referred him to several British cases where parents who claimed that their children had died as a result of Urabe MMR had received compensation under the “vaccine damage payment” scheme.
He said in response that this does not establish that the deaths were in fact caused by the vaccine.
However, in one case a tribunal ruled against a previous assertion by the department of health that the claim by a mother that her daughter’s death had been caused by Urabe MMR was unproven. Her claim was established at tribunal.
A separate tribunal awarded compensation in relation to another case where a child died after suffering brain damage caused by Urabe MMR. And another tribunal was persuaded that Urabe MMR was the likely cause of death in a further case.
Parents who have received compensation in such cases have indeed blamed MMR, including Urabe MMR, for causing the deaths of their children. Moreover, in some cases, their conclusions were endorsed by tribunals.
There can be no doubt, therefore, that we were entirely correct to say that Urabe MMR was blamed for the deaths of several children. We did not say that Urabe MMR had caused such deaths, merely that it had been blamed for doing so. We do not accept that the conclusions of tribunals should be dismissed.
We agree, however, that, despite such rulings, others may take a different view and may continue to insist that no MMR ever caused any death. This, it seems, is the department of health’s position.
Dr Salisbury asserted that he was not expressing a view but stating the fact.
We disagree. Readers can form their own views as to whether they prefer the conclusions drawn from the available evidence by tribunals or by the department of health.
There have been several newspaper reports in which their main thrust was to claim that deaths had been caused by MMR (including Urabe MMR). By contrast, this was not the main point in our reports.
We referred all the cases cited to Salisbury. Here is his response on whether Urabe MMR caused any deaths.
I asked you for evidence
that demonstrated that deaths were actually caused by the Urabe strain,
and you have singularly failed to provide any evidence whatsoever. You have
provided media reports, opinions of parents, and decisions of tribunals
or courts. These are not evidence of causality that implicates the Urabe
Nobody would disagree that deaths have been reported after MMR vaccines. But deaths after vaccination are very different from deaths caused by vaccination.
Dr David Salisbury, director of immunisation, department of health, London 19.03.07
I have just read your
article on MMR with interest. Soon after my daughter, Amy, who was born
in March 1989, had the MMR, she had a febrile convulsion. At the hospital,
the doctors gave her oxygen immediately (we were lucky the doctors had just
dealt with another similar case and had the oxygen and paracetamol at the
ready as we ran in).
She recovered well but had hearing difficulties later. Grommets were fitted on, I think, three occasions. Amy was deaf in one ear by the time she was 10 years old. The consultant gave her a brain scan and we were told that she must have had a virus when she was young.
Jim Maamoun, Ashford, Kent 05.03.07
We wish to congratulate
you on your excellent reports on MMR. In January 1991, our son was given
Urabe MMR. That same day, he displayed symptoms of both encephalitis and
meningitis. He was left with serious brain damage and has since been diagnosed
with severe autism and associated gut disorder.
Due to this damage inflicted by the government, we have been given this life sentence to cope with, and left with a medically and mentally very ill teenager, of unpredictable behaviour and prone to violent outbursts. This is only exacerbated further by no appropriate treatment available to him, the removal of our legal aid by that same government, ensuring that such embarrassment remains undetected.
It is for this reason that we, and so many others, are enormously thankful to you for uncovering what you have, in the interests of our damaged children.
Elaine & Andrew Butler, Dartford, Kent 05.03.07
I just wanted to say
how impacted I was by your news article about this Urabe strain of MMR.
One summer afternoon in 1992, my middle son, Toby, had a very sudden and
alarming series of febrile convulsions.
He was kept overnight for observation at Wycombe General Hospital, but has never had a convulsion before or since. This happened exactly 10 days after his MMR injection, but when I told the doctors this, they didn't want to know, and vigorously denied any connection (except for one nurse, who seemed interested).
I think that it is appalling that the government knew of these risks and never made that information available. I suspect many more children have been affected than is admitted, though fortunately my son has not suffered long-term damage, although he alone of my three sons is prone to noticeably frequent headaches.
Fiona Maccabe, High Wycombe, Buckingham-shire 05.03.07
They were aware of
the problems; they knew there was a risk; so why are they not acknowledging
the children who have suffered?
Wendy Stephen, Stonehaven, near Aberdeen, whose 16-year-old daughter, Katie, has been left deaf in one ear and is in the group MMR litigation 05.03.07
These documents confirm
our worst fears… The government knew prior to introduction, that the
very same product had been withdrawn on safety grounds in Canada.
Andy Stewart, west London, whose 15-year-old son, Toby, suffered what his father describes as “low-scale brain damage” and is in the group MMR litigation 05.03.07