Debunking MMR vaccine associated scares

Impact: Health Impact, Quality of Life Impact


Professor Rima’s research on measles and mumps viruses over 4 decades at Queen’s University allowed him to play an important role in re-establishing public confidence in the safety of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Claims that MMR vaccine could cause autism in 1998 undermined the vaccine uptake but Rima’s expert testimony and that of others established in court that these claims were unfounded. This re-assurance and subsequent promotion of MMR vaccination reduced measles cases in the UK. In the USA, it also reduced the real risk that the Vaccine Court Fund, which compensates vaccinees for genuine vaccine related adverse events, would be bankrupted by over 50,000 claims amounting to between $30-50 Billion.
Impact statusOngoing
Category of impactHealth Impact, Quality of Life Impact