MMR - LESSONS IN LINE DRAWING Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006
22:48:30 +0100 From: Clifford G. Miller To:
Dear Dr Elliman,
I have seen your June 2006 letter calling for
a line to be drawn under the association between MMR vaccine and autism.
Regrettably letter is long on puff and short on fact. I attach a copy to ensure
there is no confusion.
Those of us who are concerned about child health safety are concerned by the
attitude of you and your colleagues on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and
Immunisation, in the Health Protection Agency and in the Department of Health.
If you are all so concerned about children becoming injured or dying from
measles, why insist on withholding single vaccines from children whose parents
do not believe you when you claim the MMR is safe and who would vaccinate their
children if given the choice?
Instead of taking action to save lives you people have intentionally adopted the
policy of sitting around waiting for the body count - childrens' bodies. You
then expect to tell the public "told you so".
It may not work quite the way you have it planned.
Your own letter condemns you when you say "It is not too late to avert this
predictable tragedy." You admit it is predictable. You people chose to sit
on your hands and let children die.
It is you people who have adopted that policy. It is you people who have been
scaremongering and failing to deal with the issues. And it is you people who
must take the responsiblity for any childrens' deaths. The public will be
asking the questions and laying the blame squarely on the shoulders of New
Labour. Dr Ladyman when a Health Minister claimed publicly he left the
decisions to the experts, which is an abdication of ministerial responsibility
but it puts you people in the firing line.
The public are not stupid about the MMR. It is not just the Wakefield
hypothesis. They see children who become ill even now after getting the MMR.
They have friends and neighbours with children and they have their own families
and grandchildren. They talk about it. They see the increasing numbers of
autistic children and ADHD kids and kids with behavioural problems in school
when there were none years ago - people can and do remember - they really are
not so stupid as to think the autistic kids have always been with us. You are
the people who choose not to see it and are in denial and fail to record the
adverse reactions when they happen or pretend they do not exist.
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
So let me help you. I attach a graph of measles mortality from the Office for
National Statistics 20th Century mortality statistics.
Prior to the introduction of measles vaccine nationwide in 1968, the ten year
average national measles mortality was 80 and falling. The ten year average for
the 1950s was 163. Interestingly, the attached graph clearly demonstrates
But wait, let us see with just one example what you people have achieved with
vaccines having no proper safety studies:-
- measles vaccine was introduced when the disease was already beaten
- something else dramatically and rapidly reduced deaths from measles
year-on-year well before the measles vaccine was introduced
- the effect of measles vaccine is insignificant in comparison
- you people continue to damage your credibility claiming vaccines were
responsible when it is clear they were not
Another very clear example for those of us truly concerned about child health
protection is the explosion in life threatening food allergies which started in
1991-2. Children are the hardest hit. This coincides with the accelerated DTP
schedule and the MMR catch-up campaigns and has been accelerating in our
children ever since. 20 children a year are now dying and it was 7 only 5 years
ago. That is many more than measles deaths when the single measles vaccine was
in use up to 1987 and the annual mortality is now climbing rapidly. Hospital
admissions for anaphylaxis have increased 700% in a ten year period.
- asthma now kills 1500 pa (UK) - vastly more than measles before
- it is well-known in vaccine manufacturing circles that vaccines cause
asthma and allergies and there are peer reviewed papers on the issue
- asthma also blights tens of thousands of lives in the UK annually
- it's increasing at 1% per annum (unlike measles mortality which was
- children are the worst affected
- hardly surprising as they are the most vaccinated
Then there are all the other immune system related disorders that have been
springing up over the past thirty years, not to mention the cancers, especially
those in children.
Yet you still do not bother with long term safety studies for vaccines. Now why
might that be?
So now please produce the detailed risk-benefit analyses for the MMR vaccine
demonstrating the benefits of the MMR outweigh the risks and so that the public
can study them carefully. Ah, but of course, there are none - which is what the
JCVI minutes seem to indicate.
Now, please tell me how many third world children die because they cannot afford
things like asthma medication or emergency adrenaline for anaphylaxis when they
contract life threatening food allergies. And what about the ridiculous
problems you have created for children in parts of the world like India who
develop nut allergies when nuts are staple diet? What are they to eat - if they
have not been killed first? And please do not tell me they always had nut
allergies in those parts of the world - they did not.
I will not go further, the list is endless. It is a list you people are