However, for those parents who would not, in any circumstance, countenance the MMR, the single jab should have been made available because some immunity is better than none.
The good Dr Crippen has fisked your humble Devil and has made a very pretty job of it. However by way of reply, I shall repost the comment that I left over there.
As with a number of commenters over at The Kitchen, you seem to have missed the point.
The situation is as follows:
- There has been a sharp rise in the incidence of measles, something that you have highlighted yourself, quite frequently.
- A good part of parents' refusal to immunise their child is because of the fears over the safety of the MMR jab.
- Whether or not the MMR jab is utterly and totally safe is irrelevent: a substantial number of parents believe that it is not, and so have failed to give their child any kind of immunisation.
- Hence the sharp rise in the rate of measles.
- A rise in the rate of measles is bad for all of us, since the more instances there are of an incubated virus means a higher likelihood of mutation (especially a single-stranded RNA virus like measles): this brings with it a higher likelihood of the emergence of a strain of virus resistant to the vaccine.
- For a number of reasons—the long-term health of the child, herd immunity and (6) above—it is a bad thing, for all of us, that a significant proportion of parents did not vaccinate.
- I don't see anything in the Sense document that says — from a medical point of view—that a single jab (assuming course completion) is better than none at all.
- Therefore, assuming supplies could be found, surely it would be better to offer the single jab in conjunction with the triple—with parents urged to go for the triple for all the reasons outlined by yourself and others—rather than have a lot of unimmunised children running about?
Could you please explain to me, Dr [or anyone else here], why any of the above reasoning is flawed?
P.S."Leaving aside the flat-earthers at JABS, it amazes me that intelligent, rational people continue to ignore scientific data."
Really? Right, may I subject you to a quick thought experiment, my dear Crippen—do you think that prions cause BSE?
So, given the above, could anyone else please explain why my reasoning is flawed?
And, please note, I have not said that the MMR is unsafe, only that a significant number of parents believe it to be so.