Dr. Rosemary Leonard answers a question on the MMR Vaccination in the company of Emma Howard.
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Emma Howard: Hello! We are answering questions on health and medical problems; I am joined by Rosemary Leonard. Hello! Rosemary Leonard: Hello! Emma Howard: Rosemary, we have got a question for you about the MMR vaccination. A mother has written into us to say that their GP recently wrote to them about their son who is almost 13 months old been due his first MML vaccination. Now this is a mother who clearly would like to do single vaccinations because she doesn't understand why her doctor can't administer them individually instead of the combined one, why is this she is asking? Rosemary Leonard: It's interesting to me why has there been this drive to give single vaccines, there has been no research done on the single vaccines and there is no evidence that they are any safer than giving the triple vaccine. We have now got huge amount of evidence to say that there is no link between the MML vaccine and autism or inflammatory bowel disease, but I know a lots of parents you still have this terrible doubt in your mind, you've got as perfect infant and you go along and you have a vaccination and you are thinking -- Emma Howard: Will I damage them? Rosemary Leonard: Will I damage them? But the thing about the single vaccines is that they are made abroad, they are not licensed medicines, they are not produced under the rigorous conditions that the MML vaccine is produced under and their have been problems with some of the single vaccines coming in and not giving the immunity levels particularly against Measles that you get with the triple vaccines. So the triple vaccine is actually safer. With this whole question I know a lot of parents are very worried about it, I found in my surgery the most powerful thing I can say is I have got a photograph of my son's there and I say they have both had the MML and they both are perfectly fit and well. Emma Howard: And that's why it's your patient's spool than anything else. Rosemary Leonard: More than anything else because a lot of patient think oh she is just speeding out the standard medical stuff and they think she doesn't understand my worry as a parent, yes I do but I genuinely, genuinely believe this vaccine is safe and I have got a child on my list too who has had measles recently and he is now deaf. This is a nasty disease, you can't treat it with antibiotics the best thing with the measles is to prevent it before child gets it. Emma Howard: And I know that most GPs in the country definitely are passionate, and take the line that you have taken so that really we are safe in saying that is the GP's view. Rosemary Leonard: Yes. The GP's view and in my case the parents view as well. Emma Howard: Thank you very much Rosemary. Well if you have a similar problem or similar doubt we hope we have given you some help, but remember it's always best to go and see your own doctor for medical advice. Thank you for watching, we will be back with more health questions and answers.