Vaccines Save Lives, Period
For crying out loud, it’s bloody 2016! We should have ZERO DEATHS from preventable diseases like mumps, measles, diphtheria, rubella, etc. But more children are now being hospitalised, with some dying from preventable diseases that have not claimed lives for umpteen years!
Who is responsible for this disaster? EVERYONE who keeps LYING about the link between vaccines and autism. If you want to be doctors, GO STUDY MEDICINE! Otherwise, please STFU and leave vaccines to the professionals. On behalf of your children and mine, thank you very much!
What The Heck Is Going On?
This morning, I woke up to a shocking report on immunisations and their purported link to autism in The Star newspaper. The “guru” of anti-vaccination parents, Andrew Wakefield, figured prominently. It shocked me enough to immediately pen a correction to the newspaper. First, take a look at what The Star posted on 24 October 2016 :
Correcting The Record On Andrew Wakefield And His Role In The MMR-Autism Link
I immediately wrote an email to The Star, to correct the record on Andrew Wakefield and his role in the MMR-autism link :
The Health Ministry Refutes Claim
In a surprising twist, the Malaysian Health Ministry’s Deputy Director-General Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman issued a press release today, refuting The Star’s article. Specifically, he stated that the Ministry of Health did not direct government clinics to avoid giving two immunisation injections on the same day. Here is his press release (in Malay), followed by our English translation :
Deputy Director-General of Health (Public Health)
Ministry of Health, Malaysia
The Ministry of Health refers to the report in the English newspaper The Star on 24 October 2016 titled “One Shot Too Many” (printed version) and “Don’t Give Two Jabs On The Same Day” (online version), that stated that the concern about the risk of multiple immunisation injections causing autism in children had caused the Ministry of Health to order clinics to avoid giving two injections on the same day. I would like to stress that both the Ministry of Health and I never made a statement to that effect and my answer to several questions on this issue has been misunderstood and can confuse (the reader).
The question about two different vaccines given simultaneously that some parents claim had damaged the brain of their children and caused autism specifically referred to the vaccination at 18 months of age. I had explained in my answer than the vaccination at 18 months of age is a pentavalent vaccine that is given in one injection, and it is the same vaccine given at 2, 3 and 5 months of age. It was explained that this vaccine is not related to autism and the statement was backed with evidence that was reported.
I have also explained (in the context of the claim that the multivalent vaccine at 18 months of age causes autism), that according to the National Immunisation Schedule, the vaccine has always been given separately, except where there is a missed vaccination and it is being given as a replacement injection. The separate dose schedule has nothing to do with the concerns of parents about autism, and really about the comfort / convenience of the children and their parents. In fact, in some situations and some countries, the administration of multiple vaccine injections in the same day is the standard practice and has no ill effects.
As such, the Ministry of Health hopes that the media will be more careful in their reporting and is requesting for an urgent correction so that it will not confuse the public as this issue has great implications to society.
Sincerely, thank you.
Datuk Dr. Lokman Hakim bin Sulaiman
Deputy Director-General (Public Health)
24 October 2016
Many thanks to Dr. Chan Jian-Huei and Ivan Ng for directing me to the press statement!
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