A few days ago a friend noted that this claim
which appears on this website
Children’s Immunisation Centre
looked almost like a warranty for their single measles vaccine. It’s also indirectly implying that MMR does cause autism.
As they correctly state elsewhere on their site, the rate of autism is about 1 in 100 and the standard childhood vaccine for measles (and rubella and mumps) is MMR. Thus selling an alternative single measles vaccine and claiming “no autism” is just another way to say MMR causes autism.
MMR does not cause autism of course. But there is still a lingering doubt in some parents’ minds, even though the ultimate source of that doubt, Andrew Wakefield, has been struck off and his work shown to be fraudulent.
By indirectly implicating MMR with autism the CIC prey on this doubt, persuading some parents to part with £160 for a single measles vaccine when faced with a real threat of infection, like during the Swansea measles epidemic for example.
Intrigued as to how they know “No autism in 10 years” (*) and living in Swansea and as Martine would say, “tamping”, I phoned them to find out:-
Hi, I’d like to make an appointment for a single measles vaccine.
OK, are you registered with us?
OK, it’s £50 for the registration and private prescription and £110 for the vaccine.
Where do you live?
OK, we have a satellite clinic there. Let me check… Ah, sorry there are no slots left for Swansea. I can fit you in somewhere elsewhere, say…
It’s OK. I’m not too concerned, but if one had been available locally that would have been great.
Well, we can fit you in elsewhere, say…
Actually can I ask you a question?
I was impressed that your website says “No autism in 10 years”. How do you actually know that? Presumably you won’t be able to check my patient records; so how do you find out?
That’s right, we can’t access your medical records, but our patients tell us.
They tell you?
Yes, well wouldn’t you? [indignantly]. We ask you tell us if you have an adverse reaction within a few days of the vaccine.
A few days?
OK, Thanks very much, bye.
So there we have it, “No autism in over 10 years” because patients don’t get back within a few days to tell them.
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(*) CIC say:-
6) To our knowledge, based on our own experience and from discussions with the other clinics, there have been no cases of parents reporting autism incidents, following on from single measles vaccinations.
Based on reporting within what time period? Over 10 years, and at least 18,000 vaccinations and a 1 in 100 autism rate, it must be short to claim “no autism” – but how short? and why don’t they state it? And just maybe they could proactively check via patient records but don’t.
21 Aug 2013. Update. The ASA have upheld complaints against CIC. Also reported in The Guardian.