Sir: Your article "The truth about the MMR jab" (26 August) raises important concerns, and Sense, the National Deafblind and Rubella Association, supports the need for further research. However, it should be emphasised that the rubella vaccine has been highly successful in reducing the incidence of rubella in pregnant women, and the consequent devastating effects on unborn children.
Between 1990 and 1995, fewer than 25 babies were born in the United Kingdom with congenital rubella syndrome (CRS). This contrasts with 360 between 1971 and 1975. Many of these children were born both deaf and blind, often with additional heart, brain and physical impairments, and facing enormous challenges in coming to terms with the world.
Sense, the National Deafblind and Rubella Association