Elliman MMR Letter
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Elliman measles letter June 2006

MMR - LESSONS IN LINE DRAWING Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 22:48:30 +0100 From: Clifford G. Miller
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AN OPEN LETTER from Dr Andrew J Wakefield, Dr Peter Fletcher, Dr Peter Harvey, Dr Richard Halvorsen GP, F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP, Jane Maroney El-Dahr M.D.

[Media] MMR-row doctor hits back at experts

As for your letter claiming "A large body of scientific evidence shows no link between the vaccine and autism or bowel disease" where is it? There is not one study that demonstrates that. You have also had eight years to produce an alternative explanation for the damage caused to the MMR vaccine damaged children. So where is it?  Apart from Wakefield's original study, where are all the clinical studies that support you? There are none of those either.  Where are the peer reviewed short and long term safety studies that show the MMR vaccine is safe. There are none.  You cannot produce accurate figures for the risk to children from measles.  The DoH's references to the studies they rely on for the figures given to parents are out of date and inadequate. I know - I asked for them under the Freedom of Information Act. MMR - LESSONS IN LINE DRAWING Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 22:48:30 +0100 From: Clifford G. Miller

The Letter:

                                                                                    June 2006                                                                 

Dear Sir / Madam,


The time has come to draw a line under the question of any association between MMR vaccine and autism. The UK’s children are in danger of serious illness or death if they are left unimmunised. The number of confirmed cases of measles has increased dramatically this year and, only a few months ago, we had the first death from measles since 1992.

 A large body of scientific evidence shows no link between the vaccine and autism or bowel disease. Confidence in the safety of MMR had been returning and its uptake slowly increasing, so it would be tragic if it is once again shaken by ill-informed reporting of inadequate, preliminary research and supposition.

 An example of this is recent media reporting of research from America. The principal researcher made it clear that their findings of measles virus in the gut of the children with autism did not prove a link with the MMR vaccine. However, little media coverage was given to this statement and none to another piece of research showing how difficult it is to accurately test for the measles virus.

 We are now faced with a potentially serious situation. Years of low uptake mean large numbers of unprotected children are now entering school. Unless this is rectified urgently, and children are immunised, there will be further outbreaks and more unnecessary deaths. It has been suggested that allowing parents to choose single vaccines would have averted this situation. The reasons why this would not be an effective solution have been well rehearsed. In spite of having carefully considered this option, no country offers them as an alternative to the MMR vaccine. 

 It is not too late to avert this predictable tragedy. It is time that due weight is given to the overwhelming body of scientific evidence in favour of the vaccine.  Misguided concepts of ‘balance’ have confused and dangerously misled parents. We all, media, politicians and health professionals, have a responsibility to protect the health of our children.

 Yours faithfully

 Dr David Elliman

Consultant in Community Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

 Dr Helen Bedford

Senior Lecturer in Children’s Health, Institute of Child Health, London

 Dr Patricia Hamilton

President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London

 Dr Mario Abinun

Consultant Paediatric Immunologist, Newcastle upon Tyne

 Professor Andrew J Cant

Consultant in Paediatric Immunology & Infectious Diseases, Newcastle upon Tyne

 Dr Julia Chisholm

Consultant Paediatric Oncologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

 Dr Natasha Crowcroft

Health Protection Agency, London

 Dr E Graham Davies

Consultant Paediatric Immunologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

 Professor Carol Dezateux

Professor of Paediatric Epidemiology, MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health, Institute of Child Health

 Professor Adam Finn

Professor of Paediatrics, University of Bristol

 Dr Annabel Foot

Consultant Paediatric Oncologist, Bristol Children's Hospital

 Professor David Goldblatt Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

Professor of Vaccinology and Immunology, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

 Professor Sir David Hall

Emeritus Professor of Community Paediatrics, University of Sheffield

 Dr Anthony Harnden

University Lecturer and Principal in General Practice, University of Oxford

 Dr Paul Heath

Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant, Paediatric Infectious Diseases, St Georges Hospital, University of London.

 Dr Nik Johnson

Consultant Paediatrician, Hinchingbrooke Hospital

 Dr Sally E Kinsey, Consultant Paediatric Haematologist, St James's University Hospital


 Professor Simon Kroll Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

Professor of Paediatrics, Imperial College, London

 Professor Stuart Logan

Professor of Paediatric Epidemiology, Peninsula Medical School, Exeter

 Professor Neil McIntosh

Professor of Child Life and Health, Edinburgh

 Professor Richard Moxon

Action Research Professor, University of Oxford

 Professor Angus Nicoll CBE

Health Protection Agency, London

 Dr Vas Novelli

Consultant and Lead Clinician in Paediatric Infectious Diseases,
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

 Dr Andrew Pollard

University Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Paediatrician, Oxford Vaccine Group, University of Oxford

 Dr Mary Ramsay

Health Protection Agency, London

 Dr Martin Richardson

Consultant Paediatrician, Peterborough District Hospital

Dr Roderick Skinner

Consultant in Paediatric Oncology and BMT, Newcastle upon Tyne

 Professor Brent Taylor

Professor of Community Child Health, University College London