Ignore fake news stories about the MMR jab — what measles does is far scarier

ANDREW WAKEFIELD has a lot to answer for. He’s the man who in 1998 claimed — wrongly — that there was a possible link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

His work has since been discredited and he has been struck off as a UK doctor. But in the meantime, take-up of the vaccine was massively affected — even though subsequent studies found NO link to autism.

Even Donald Trump seems to have wised up. In 2015 he ridiculously suggested that vaccines were responsible for what he called an “epidemic” of autism.

Now he is telling Americans to “get their shots” because “vaccinations are so important”.

This comes on the back of news that more people in the US have been infected with the measles in 2019 than any year since the disease was considered eradicated.

Nearly 700 cases have been reported across 22 states. We find ourselves in a very serious situation.

Nearly 170million children under ten — including half a million in the UK and 2.5million in the US — are unprotected from measles, one of the most infectious organisms in existence.

To highlight the graveness of the situation, Unicef is warning of growing outbreaks of the disease.

Because we’ve almost eradicated measles, some people are forgetting that between one and three people in every 1,000 who catch it will DIE.

Others experience serious complications including blindness and pneumonia.

And if you’re thinking about getting pregnant, check beforehand that you’re fully protected against measles, mumps and rubella and have had the MMR injection.


Because a rubella infection in pregnancy can lead to serious birth defects and miscarriage.

What this screams to me is that people have lost trust in the pharmaceutical industry, because many often mis-understand what the vaccine does. It does NOT inject toxins nor poison and it does NOT cause autism.

All these theories spread by discredited doctors or idiot celebrities are false. But no matter how scary these “stories” are, NOTHING is more scary than what measles can actually do to you and your kids.

So since we can’t rely on people to do the decent thing and protect themselves and others by having the jab, we should make these vaccinations compulsory. And children who don’t have a certificate to prove they’ve had the jab shouldn’t be allowed into nursery or day care.

Not vaccinating your children is one of the most selfish things you can do. You aren’t just jeopardising the health of your own kids — but the health of thousands of other people too.

Channel spirit of Madonna

THERE are lots of reasons to love Madonna. This week she gave us some more in an MTV interview about her new album, for which she wore an outsized eyepatch with a red X and sported an outrageous cleavage.

She continues to ignore standards and expectations generally imposed on 60-year-old women. And I bet mums everywhere breathed a sigh of relief at her confession that her stint in Lisbon, Portugal, being a stay-at-home “soccer mum” left her feeling bored and depressed.

Madge said: “I didn’t go to Lisbon to make a record, that was the last thing on my mind. I went to Lisbon because my son wants to be a professional soccer player . . .  [but] I got a little bit depressed.

“I thought it was going to be super fun and adventurous. But then I found myself just going to school and picking up the kids and going to soccer matches. And really being Billy No Mates.”

Lots of us would have given in to the depression and carried on picking up the kids. But Madonna turned her frustration into something creative, her Madame X album.

If only we could all channel her spirit. Because giving zero you-know-whats is something we should all do more of. But is it any surprise Madonna was bored with being a soccer mum? It’s interesting even Madge thought it would be fun.

I thought it was going to be super fun and adventurous.

I understand where she was coming from. The other day I walked past yummy mummy types with snazzy gym gear going into a place offering something called hot yoga. Just for a moment, I felt a pang of jealousy I didn’t have a rich husband who enabled me to waft around swapping work for “self care”.

But while it may be fun for a day or two, it would soon start to wear pretty thin. I was a stay-at-home mum for a bit and it’s the definition of a thankless task. Most of the time, though, I have been a working mother.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had important, non-work things to go to – weddings, birthdays, my own parties – and had to get changed in the car on the way.

If I had my time again, would I do things differently? Perhaps. But as any mum knows – including Madonna – it’s impossible to get it right all the time. You have to brush away the guilt, put your eyepatch on and be true to yourself before facing the world. At the same time as giving zero you-know-whats.

Hang on in there

IF you ever hit hard times, it’s worth reminding yourself that before Game Of Thrones, a broke Richard Madden survived on £3.70 a day.

What a great reminder that A) fortunes change all the time B) perseverance pays off.

So hang on in there.

Sin City's toxic for Britney

LOOKING at Britney Spears emerging from her stay at a mental health facility looking like she had the weight of the world on her shoulders made me realise that being a celebrity has never had such an unenviable status as it does today.

This young woman has been in and out of clinics for many years. Her mental health is considered so fragile that a judge appointed her a conservator, someone who micro-manages all aspects of her life.

The conservator is her father and he has control over every decision impacting Britney’s health, from signing a Vegas residency tour to buying a cup of coffee.

With on-going mental health pressures, it is hard to understand why her father allowed her to return for a second stint at a Las Vegas residency, which she abruptly cancelled in January. It has since been claimed that this was due to her fragile state.

Maybe he should be reminded that health isn’t everything, but without health everything is nothing.

Lucky Bradley Cooper!

IT’S easy to see why model Irina Shayk is known as one of the world’s most beautiful women.

She looked a million dollars in Paris last week at the launch party for Jean-Paul Gaultier’s new fragrance.

What an incredible dress. Let alone the astonishing figure inside it reminding us all of the joy of being in your 30s.

Lucky Bradley Cooper!

Slim Tim's wise on dieting

YOU’VE got to admire actor Timothy Spall, who has shed some serious weight recently.

And I just love his answer to anyone who asks how he had done it.

“If I was going to write a diet book, it would be two pages. The first one is, food and booze is lovely and exercise is horrible. Right, turn over the page: If you eat too much and drink too much, you put on weight. If you eat about the right amount, you don’t. And that’s it really!”

Well ain’t that all the truth? Well done Timothy Spall!

Gym's rape 'joker' deserved the boot

NO doubt some will tut that the world has gone mad after an Edinburgh University gym boss was fired for suggesting a woman who missed class should be “raped” as punishment for not turning up.

Because, you know, it was just a joke – right? Just a hilarious joke.

He wrote it on a WhatsApp group chat between colleagues at Edinburgh University’s Sport & Exercise club, on which they discussed potential punishments for a woman who missed an exercise class.

“Lets rape her. Or give her the choice of 600 burpees or rape,” he wrote.

Students signed an open letter demanding he be given the sack and he was dismissed without notice on Wednesday.  Quite right, too. I guess some people have to learn the hard way that rape “jokes” are never funny.

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