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citizen of Peoples Republic of Liverpool said on 08 June 2011

Actually, there is an explanation about why single vaccines aren't provided. Evidence shows that administering the vaccines in three separate doses does not reduce the chance of adverse effects but it does increase the opportunity for infection by the two diseases not immunized against first. Also, as MMR works and is safe, the question really should be, why would any sensible government provide 3 separate vaccines, when one does the job and is safe? I cannot understand why intelligent people can't get their heads around the fact that the study linking MMR to autism was junk science. There have been over 2,000 studies which have tried to replicate the work of Andrew Wakefield, none ever have. Not one. Ever. His is the only "research" ever to have found a link and do people know how many children were involved in his "research"? Twelve. But don't take my word for it, Google it for yourself. The MMR vaccine on the other hand has been used around the world since the 1970's (introduced in the US in 1971, the UK came fairly late to the party). Since then, over 500 million doses have been given. Do people really imagine that if there was any link to adverse health effects, this wouldn't have been exploited by people in the most litigation-happy country in the worild, the US? Parents have to pay for the right to have MMR in the States and children can't start school there until they have it. It's not free like here in the UK. Perhaps it's like Sailwave says above, people have just forgotten in the UK how many children used to die and be disabled each year by these childhood diseases. Just to remind you, complications of measles include blindness, encephalitis (an infection that causes brain swelling), severe diarrhoea and related dehydration, ear infections and severe respiratory infections such as pneumonia.