12 January 2001 CEM/CMO/2001/1 http://www.doh.gov.uk/cmo/cmo00_19.htm
UPDATE ON MMR VACCINE
Following recent publicity about MMR vaccine and the availability of single antigen vaccines, the Chairmen of the two relevant independent committees have issued the following advice.
The Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM) has conducted a further detailed review of the safety data and the Chairman, Professor Alasdair Breckenridge said: "MMR vaccine is very safe. There is no question mark whatever over its licensing".
Professor Michael Langman, Chairman of the Joint
Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation said:
"My committee has independently considered all the issues and reached the same position as CSM. If there is a question mark, it is over the advice to have single vaccines."
The Chief Medical Officer, Professor Liam Donaldson said:
"We are very pleased to have this further confirmation from the two independent expert committees that the safety record of MMR is excellent. The safety of combined MMR is supported by a much greater body of evidence than the individual vaccines. The suggested practice of giving staggered doses of separate components has not had its safety or efficacy tested."
"Scare stories clearly worry parents but giving children separate vaccines unnecessarily exposes them to the risk of life-threatening infection. MMR remains the safest way to protect our children."