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DSRU joins experts in recommending MMR vaccination

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has urged parents to ensure their children are fully vaccinated with the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine, in order to help reduce the spread of measles in children in the UK.

Responding to the statement from UKHSA, Professor Saad Shakir, Director of the DSRU, said:

“MMR vaccines, like all other authorised medicines and vaccines, were subject to rigorous evaluation for their quality, safety and efficacy before their authorisation in the UK.

There is no scientifically accepted causal association between serious adverse reactions and the measles vaccine, and the safety of the vaccine is continuously monitored by the spontaneous reporting system for adverse drug reactions (the Yellow Card system).

Reassuringly, while most of the small number of children who get measles recover; an even smaller number develop serious complications.

We join other experts in the field and recommend that parents vaccinate their children with the MMR vaccine as soon as possible.”