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A film aimed at parents to address concerns about the MMR vaccine scare generated by the media in 2001. Parents interview four health professionals and experts about the MMR vaccine and whether it has any link to autism. The experts all explain why the vaccine is safe, that it does not have a link to autism, and that the vaccine's benefits outweigh any side effects. Interviewed are the Public Health Laboratory's Head of Immunisation Dr Elizabeth Miller, the Royal Free Hospital's Head of Child Health Professor Brent Taylor, health visitor Kim Finnegan and the Department of Health's Head of Immunisation Dr David Salisbury.
Segment 1 Parents are asked about their feelings on the Measles-Mumps-Rubella triple vaccine and have varying opinions. A narrator briefly explains what the vaccine is and that a group of concerned parents will interview four health experts about the vaccine. The first interviewee is Dr Elizabeth Miller. She is asked why two doses of the vaccine are needed and whether there is a link between the vaccine and autism. Time start: 00:00:00:00 Time end: 00:09:49:17 Length: 00:09:49:17 Segment 2 The second interviewee is Prof. Brent Taylor. He is asked why we cannot rely on 'natural immunity' to protect us against disease, why three separate vaccines are not given, why boys need the rubella vaccine and what the side effects of the vaccine are. The third interviewee is Kim Finnegan. She is asked how a vaccine works, what the risks are, and whether she would have her own child immunised with MMR. Time start: 00:09:49:17 Time end: 00:19:31:11 Length: 00:09:41:19 Segment 3 The fourth interviewee is Dr David Salisbury. He is asked whether the MMR is given because it is cheaper than separate vaccines, what the side effects of MMR are and whether there is a link to autism. He is particularly adamant that the vaccine is safe. Over images of children playing, Dr Salisbury is heard saying that the parents' concerns have been addressed. Time start: 00:19:31:11 Time end: 00:29:17:20 Length: 00:09:46:09
Produced by Resource Base Productions for NHS Health Promotion England.
This video was made from material preserved by the BFI National Archive This video has both subtitles and sign language.