Voluntary Sector: Sense highlights MMR jab safety

Rubella charity Sense has begun a campaign to ensure parliamentary candidates perceive the MMR vaccine as safe.

The move follows recent research that discredited the vaccine's reported link to autism.

Sense is providing candidates with booklets to help them justify to local media why patients should not be able to choose single vaccinations for the diseases covered by the MMR vaccine.

'We are worried that candidates will say that they're in favour of choice when asked for their opinion during phone-ins - but single vaccines are not as effective and there is no evidence that they are safer,' said Sense parliamentary officer Katie Hanson.

The charity is arguing that the MMR jab - which prevents rubella, a disease that causes deafness and blindness to the foetus of pregnant women - protects children more quickly because it does not involve six individual visits to the doctor.

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