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The Health Departement said in a statement today that following the many questions and doubts in some media that have arisen over the safety of the MMR vaccine, it said that that these opinions were based on a study published in the medical journal Lancet in 1998.
“This study was scientifically incorrect and a fraud, with the journal itself, in fact withdrew it shortly after the publication. The British Medical Council lifted the warrant of its author, based on dishonest actions and acting against the interests of children.”
Many more studies on the MMR vaccine have been undertaken since then and found no link between the MMR vaccine and autism. There is also no scientific evidence that the MMR vaccine causes autism, The Ministry said.
The health authorities around the world and international organisations, including the World Health Organization and the centers for disease prevention in Europe and North America, strongly recommend the vaccination of children with this vaccine.
The Superintendent of Public Health warned that “Measles, German Measles and Mumps, the three diseases prevented with this vaccine can have serious consequences, which can lead to permanent disabilities or even death.”
The MMR vaccine will be offered to all children aged 13 months and between three and four years.
“A decision not to administer the MMR vaccine to a baby, is not a decision in the interest of the child,” the Department concluded.