Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Making a Point

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Making a Point

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Byline: ByHelen Sturdy

It was just the uncertainty. It is not like you are buying a car and you can take it back if anything goes wrong.

EARLIER this month, a new planned five-in-one jab for children was revealed.

The injection, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Hib and polio, will be administered to babies over two months old and is set to come into use next month.

But critics fear it could lead to a repeat of the MMR controversy. HELEN STURDY reports.

FOR Robert Neesan and Tracey Innes there was no competition.

They didn't even have to think twice when they were offered the triple MMR jab for their much-loved daughter.

The Hartlepool couple immediately opted for single vaccinations.

"Each injection was pounds 80," says Robert, 36.

"But I wouldn't care if they were pounds 800.

"She is everything to us and we just wouldn't risk her health."

The couple's daughter Erin is two.

But even before their GP mentioned inoculating her against measles, mumps and rubella, their minds were already firmly made up.

"It was just the uncertainty," says Robert.

"It is not like you are buying a car and you can take it back if anything goes wrong.

"We just didn't want to risk her having three jabs at once.

"When I was at school we all had the single jabs and I do not know anyone who has had problems.

"But I know people whose children are autistic.

"No way was she having the MMR."

The couple were so determined to ensure Erin's safety, they travelled to two clinics in Newcastle and one in York, to have her vaccinated.

"I know people who have had no problems through MMR, but I could not live with myself if there was a problem," adds Robert.

"We just wouldn't risk it."

The clinics attended by the couple and their beloved daughter were run by Kent company Healthchoice UK. which runs clinics from Newcastle to Southampton, even stretching out to Dublin.

The company says: "We are particularly interested in the promotion of choice in areas such as single vaccination for MMR.

"The single vax programme is a separate vaccination programme for measles, mumps and rubella in three separate jabs, which is offered as an alternative to the MMR triple vaccine. …

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