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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: JO | 2007/08/07

Q.

Skipped vaccines

My boy is now 2 years and 2 months. He had his 9 months measles injection when he was 15 months (due to the fact that he was on antibiotics when he was 9 months) He still needs to go for his MMR. I'm a bit anxious for this MMR vaccine. I heard that the MMR vaccine is dangerous and could lead to autism. Is this true? My son is in a daycare facility. Sometimes he has a runny nose for days/weeks before it clears up. The sister at the clinic said that they are not allowed to give the MMR when a child has a runny nose. So when must I take him then for this MMR vaccine? Do they really need this MMR vaccine? If yes, although my son is 2 years and 2 months, can I take him for this vaccine? Does he still needs a booster measles vaccine with the MMR vaccine or not? I appreacite your help.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

The MMR is entirely safe and there is no evidence that it leads to or is associated with Autism. Your son can still have this immunisation done now. Use saline nose drops or spray such as Salex twice a day to clear his nose and have the immunisation done when he is nice and clear.

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