Measles epidemic scares
[back] Viral mania [back] Infectious scares [back] Measles
See: Infectious scares
Measles Scare, 2013 UK
 Measles epidemic fear as parents shun vaccine
 Experts predict measles epidemic
[2003, still waiting. "Unless vaccine uptake improves" ]
Doctors warn that Britain will face a measles epidemic this winter unless parents stop boycotting the MMR jab. Parents have been refusing the jab despite "unequivocal evidence" that the vaccine was is not linked to autism, according to Dr Simon Murch, one of the authors of the 1998 study that first sparked fears of a link between MMR and autism. Writing in The Lancet, Dr Murch says: 'It is an illogical and potentially dangerous mistake for parents to be prepared to take their children in a car on the motorway...but not to protect them with the MMR vaccine.' The latest Government figures reveal that measles cases have doubled and mumps cases have increased fivefold over the past year.