There's zero medical evidence that the mmr presented any risk. It was the press giving column inches to crackpots and housewives, free to spout their claims with no scientific basis that created this situation.
That's just naive and reactionary the situation wasn't just created by vociferous nutjobs, there was something of a dodgy study, that truly was debunked in time, but at first there was at least some doubt - middle England housewives didn't cause the panic, they reacted to something from the medical scientific community that they couldn't have been expected to dismiss out of hand at the outset.
The "study", which isn't really what it was, from one lone scientist with no qualifications in the field he was writin about, was debunked virtually immediately byte scientific community, within days in fact.
Unfortunately, the common sense diaplayed by the legitimate axientidic commuting was ignored for years by the press fanning the flames by fixing credence to crackpots. The typical article would ne about how a mum somewhere would arriviste their child's autism/whatever condition they suffer to the MMR jab. No science. Not even a statistical analysis of the numbers making such claims. Just the regurgitation of claims made by individual parents around the country
Such was the attention the press continued to give to the matter long, long after the scientific community had set the record straight, that even today more than a decade on those of low intelligence would rather believe unsubstantiated claims made in the press than the word of credible scientists. And now people are starting to die because of this utter idiocy.
You're being overly judgemental with the full benefit of hindsight.
I know what was going on in these times, since I faced the decision in these times.
For the average person, they had a "scientist" / doctor who'd made some claims given a study, and some other scientists, disputing it. Given the suggested - albeit most likely bogus - risk, was autism, it's no wonder the average person in the street was worried.
Personally, I tried to cover all bases, when time had moved on, and things become much more established, I then went with the combined.
That people, en masse, were naive and reactionary, is hardly to be unexpected - people, on the whole, are idiots. But judging them on the basis that they should have known better? Well the average person in the street knows nothing about the scientific process, nor has any reason to trust one particular "expert" over another. My responsibility was to my child, so I took care of business - my first child had separate injections for M M & R - and I still look back and don't regret taking that decision, taken at the time as it was.
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