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Tag: MMR

Aug.
29th

Shot in the arm for supporters of childhood vaccination


Guadaloupe Robinson, 6, receives an MMR vaccine at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma in October 2010. Dad Reggie Robinson offers moral support. (Janet Jensen/Staff photographer)

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

Just in time for the start of the school year comes a welcome endorsement of vaccinations – and repudiation of efforts to link them to everything from diabetes and autism to death.

An independent team of medical experts conducted a comprehensive study of the latest research and found that vaccinations rarely have serious side effects, and when they do they tend to be in people with pre-existing immune system disorders. That should come as welcome news to parents who might be reluctant to have their children immunized for school because of what they’ve read or heard about the safety of vaccines.

The most widespread claim – which has already been found to be false – links the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine to autism. Although the link has been debunked and the doctor who made it had his license revoked in his native Britain, about one in four parents still believes it.

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