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Injecting Sense

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I hope it helps to dispell the ignorance around the MMR debate. Very few things get me as angry as the Middle Class anti-science hysteria around MMR.

And it opens up a new debate by calling for "compulsory innoculation and vaccination of children attending state schools in the Great Britain". I suppose there is a case for making vaccination a criteria for attending school, but my old libertarian soul gets twitchy whenever I see the word compulsory, especially in relation to medical procedures.....

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Middle Class anti-science hysteria around MMR

I think the problem was essentially government caused because the public had lost complete faith in their ability to give good advice. They lost all credibility when their semi-scientific TV posturing about the BSE issue was shown for the sham that it really was.

The public couldn't trust them on beef, they couldn't trust them to deal effectively with the foot and mouth crises, why should they trust them on childrens health?

That, I think, is where the hysteria came from.

JohnJo,

Excellent point, the loss of trust and faith in the medical profession coupled to a disasterous, and sometimes vicious response to even the most mild critisism of the MMR, certainly fuelled the 'anti' hysteria. The PM's reticence on the matter of his son's vaccination, was not too helpful either.

To be fair, after having watched, and read, numerous debates on the subject, it did seem that there was a connection between MMR and autism. And one cannot blame a caring and responsible parent for asking a few pertinent questions.

However, the medical profession's response fell largely into the category of, "Just do as you are told, and be quiet". When this was not accepted at face value, they resorted to a more bullying and threatening stance. Hence the problem got a lot worse, with the medical profession losing credibility, and Joe Public getting even more sceptical.

It is only in the last year or so, that convincing studies have shown that there is no connection between MMR vaccination and autism, and it would seem that the 'antis' have largely accepted this fact.

Mr timdaw, don't be so hard on the middle class's 'anti-science' hysteria, you may have forgottem thalidomide, but the derided 'middle class' certainly have not.

All good points.

I'm of the thalidomide generation, and with "medical experts" pronouncing utter tosh everyday of the week, scepticism is essential.

My objection is not with truth seeking but the retreat into "science doesn't know all the answers so I don't trust anything they say - they have been wrong before" and "I would rather trust a natural/traditional cure rather than something produced by a multinational etc etc."

Tim,

I agree, there is a big difference between educated scepticism, and media driven hysteria. It would be a shame if critiscism of the latter subdued any airing of the former.

In passing, I enjoy your blog - thank you.

Your debate by calling for compulsory innoculation and vaccination of children attending state schools is very nice plan.

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