Single shot alternatives to the
controversial MMR vaccine will soon be available in Gloucester.
A private London healthcare company run by NHS doctors and nurses is coming
to the city to offer families the chance to vaccinate their children against
measles, mumps and rubella in a single jab form. Choice Healthcare says its
Harley Street office in London has received more than 100 calls in the past
two months from anxious Gloucestershire parents eager to get their hands on
the separate jabs.
Now it plans to set up a surgery at the Gloucester Natural Therapies Clinic
in Kingsholm, where it can offer the £85-a-time vaccines.
The team already has more than 30 patients booked in for appointments at its
Mauva Williams, nurse consultant for Choice Healthcare, said their aim was
to offer parents the option of giving their child single jabs
She said: "What we are doing is giving parents who are concerned about the
risk of autism the choice to give their children single jabs. We are
pro-vaccination - but why should you have to have all three together?
"Not everyone can cope with this."
Sharon Paterson, of Abbeydale, will be one of the first parents to take
their child to the centre.
Her son Jaden is 14 months old, and Sharon says she is taking no chances
when it comes to his health.
She said: "There has been so much bad publicity about the triple vaccine, I
just don't feel comfortable about it. Jaden is my first child and I want the
best for him."
Mauva and her team believe the controversy surrounding the alleged link
between autism and inflammatory bowel disease with MMR has led to a growing
interest in providing the single jab.
She said: "I personally believe the reason why Tony Blair refuses to say
whether his son Leo has had the MMR jab or not is because he has had the
"Research has shown there is a risk in mixing the vaccines and some children
cannot take all three into their body at once."
But the NHS has repeatedly denied claims the MMR jab is dangerous.
The Department of Health said: "The latest scientific evidence shows no link
between MMR and long-term problems such as autism and inflammatory bowel
disease, that separate vaccines are worse for children than MMR and that MMR
remains the safest way to protect children against these three potentially
"It is on this basis that the Government recommends MMR and does not endorse
separate vaccines - a choice which experts clearly believe will put
children's health and lives at greater risk."
Choice Healthcare will hold its first clinic at Gloucester Natural Therapies
Clinic on June 7 and 8, and will be there every 12 weeks from then onwards.
To find out more about the jabs or book an appointment, call Choice
Healthcare on 0870 770 8545.