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Monday, 15 April 2013

Maggie Thatcher's Funeral and my Measles Proposal

Strange world. Solutions as I see them

In the UK the Government is using our money to pay for a State Funeral of Margaret Thatcher, a Prime Minister that was and still is, hated by millions of their citizens. I cannot understand why she has to have a State Funeral. In fact, Brits are very good at pomp and ceremony, but this is not the time to indulge in it. We are bankrupt after all. The millions of pounds being wasted on something so unpopular, should be used to some better purpose.

A better purpose I can think of, is offering vaccination-suspicious parents the single measles jab for their children. Andrew Wakefield might have been discredited by this country, but his ideas are still alive and well world wide. Three-in-one MMR vaccinations are much cheaper than two separate single shots (ironically, I don't think there is a single shot for mumps). The Government saves a lot of money by only offering MMR. The case against it is still not settled. If environmental pollution is a suspect in Autism's cause, then MMR may still be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

But, for future "epidemics" of Measles, I reckon, a single shot Measles vaccination offered to our children would have an almost 100% uptake by parents. They could be funded by Maggie Thatcher's State Funeral money savings. Everyone might be very pleased that some good came out of her after all.