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MMR vaccine, United Kingdom, 1999

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The MMR vaccine is a combined vaccine used to protect against measles, mumps and rubella. The vaccine was introduced in the United Kingdom in 1988 and meant that young children only had to endure one vaccination instead of three. The vaccine is given at 13 months and a booster given at two to five years of age to give life long immunity. This example was made by Aventis Pasteur MSD Ltd. A scientific paper in 1998 suggested a link between the vaccine and autism. This caused a decline in the number of children being vaccinated. Single vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella were and still are offered by certain doctors. Many studies have demonstrated, however, that there is no link between autism and the MMR vaccine. maker: Aventis Pasteur MSD Limited Place made: United Kingdom

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