According to WHO a population needs to have 95% immunisation to have "herd immunity" - I'm watching a show saying that London's rates of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) shots are about 75%. Apparently, the numbers of measles outbreaks are on the rise.
All this due to the MMR scare (link to the Science Museum's online exhibit).
Obviously, armed with this information I'd be a fool not to get Buddy the shots.
But not yet.
And that's not by choice. The MMR vaccine is given for the first time at 12 months.
The story featured a very angry mother whose little baby contracted measles because others have failed to inoculate their children.
Her baby seems to be ok, unlike these boys who were left disabled after contracting measles.
The boys’ doctors blame the now discredited research of Dr Andrew Wakefield for the boys’ condition. They say his claim that MMR could cause autism led to the outbreak because fewer children are being vaccinated.
Matthew Costen, 13, was blinded and paralysed after contracting measles last year. He is believed to have caught the disease from his friend Joe Quick, 9, who suffered partial paralysis to his left side and damage to his speech. Their condition originated from an area of south London where the take-up rate of MMR, which offers protection against measles, mumps and rubella, had fallen to 52%.
For medical reasons unrelated to MMR, neither boy could receive the vaccine. This meant they were dependent on other children being vaccinated to minimise their exposure to the infection.