Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The MMR jab

Clara took her MMR booster jab today (vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella). It hurt a bit and she cried but when it was over the nurse gave her a Twix bar and told me that she won't need any more jabs until she's in her teens.

The MMR jab has been shrouded in controversy since a study came out in 1998 claiming that it could be implicated in autism. Not-so-good media coverage at the time led to many alarmed parents deciding not to immunize their kids, with all the very serious individual and public health risks that this entails. In spite of the health sector's efforts to publicize that extensive and indepth investigations of this allegation have unanimously concluded that there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism, some of the uneasy feeling about it still lingers on.

2 comments:

BBB said...

Boy. oh, boy. just wait till gradma reads about this!!!! :-) I´m sorry she cried. Tell her I love her very much!!!!!
LOve u

Anonymous said...

I had allergy shots growing up every week. Over time, you get used to it.