Hi again. Notwithstanding what Cathy has said, I absolutely stand by what I said in my earlier post. Seeing ill children with Measles and Rubella was common in the 1980's, but since MMR was widely introduced, true cases of either are now thankfully rare. Having witnessed this welcome change and having also seen a death at close quarters from whooping cough meningitis in an unvaccinated child, I am certain that the benefits to the individual child and the whole population far outweigh any perceived risks from childhood vaccinations.
As for Cathy's post, all I can say is that to get very very mild measles type symptoms is not uncommon after MMR (which we are not yet talking about in this case anyway), but although the MMR has been erroneously blamed for many things, this is the first time I have known it to be criticised for causing a full blown measles infection. Furthermore, a 'blocked colon' (intestinal obstruction or intersussception as it is medically termed) is not a recognised specific complication of measles, and is certainly not known to be related to any symptoms after the MMR jab. Intersussception, though uncommon, happens spontaneously in the 1-2 year old age group, and in most cases without any known cause, although it is thought that viral gastroenteritis can precipitate it. Without wanting to appear inflammatory to Cathy, who has simply presented a view based on her belief and her experience, to pin the blame on the MMR for her child's very unfortunate illness is in my opinion without good foundation, and to deter people from having their child vaccinated against anything before they can communicate symptoms for themselves is incomprehensible. The reason these vaccinations are offered at such an early age is firstly that after 2 months any maternal protection passed over via the placenta to the baby is on the wane, and secondly and most importantly, the diseases in question, if contracted, are more likely to cause serious life-threatening or long-term disability the younger the child. To have an effective and efficient programme of early childhood immunisation is not to pressure anyone, it is done for good reason, to protect both individual children and childhood populations at a time when they are most vulnerable.
As I said before, only you can make the decision, but the arguement for vaccination is backed by a vast body of positive research evidence covering both effectiveness and safety. On the other hand, those that have tried to prove that these programmes are unsafe or ill-advised have serially failed to do so. As i also said before, I know of no-one in the medical profession who does not have their children immunised. That is not to say there aren't any, but there won't be many.