COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Sense claims MMR gets unbalanced coverage in media

Deafblind charity Sense has launched an attack on the media for its coverage of the controversial MMR vaccine.

The move follows new research by the Economic and Social Research Council which shows that half the public wrongly believe medical science is divided on the safety of the vaccine.

Sense said the media coverage of the debate has focused overwhelmingly on unproven claims by a minority of scientists.

It added the media gives scant coverage to the dangers of measles, mumps and rubella - the diseases against which MMR protects.

The charity's campaign has reacted to fresh claims about a link and attempted to "redress the imbalance" in assorted press articles by writing letters to editors.

Sense's head of communications, Stephen Rooney, said that MMR had an "overwhelming" success in cutting the number of babies born deaf or blind as a result of rubella.

He added: "Parents are entitled to accurate information about the risks of measles, mumps and rubella, all of which are extremely dangerous diseases."

Actress Juliet Stevenson is to star in a Channel Five drama about the alleged link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

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