Dear General Medical Council,

Despite a patient having received an MMR vaccination at an earlier date, when facial swellings and malaise occur:

Please tell me if the GMC recognizes that the viral illness, known as Mumps Parotititis and appearing with classic symptoms as described, could be the cause.

Would a GP be expected to make a diagnostic test such as a swab of saliva, before issuing his or her decision about the cause of facial and neck swellings and malaise?

Would a GP be normally offer antibiotics "just in case" they cure the swellings? If so:
Does the usual rule (antibiotics are not an appropriate treatment of viral illness) not apply?
Could antibiotics adversely affect a patient who has a virus?

Do the medical services keep full written records so that all cases of Mumps despite vaccination are properly noted? Or are such cases regularly hidden in order to protect the overall picture of the MMR and its efficacy?

Yours faithfully,

Lisette Skeet

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Dear Lisette Skeet,

 

Your information request – F17/9047/SW

Thank you for your email dated 14^th August 2017.

 

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Dear Ms Skeet,

 

YOUR INFORMATION ACCESS REQUEST – F17/9047/SW

 

Thank you for your email dated 14 August 2017 setting out questions
relating to the MMR vaccine. I’ve considered your request under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

I wish to explain that the GMC is the regulator of doctors and we cannot
provide comments and advice relating to specific vaccines or clinical
treatment. As such, unfortunately, we do not hold the information you have
requested.

 

If you have any queries about this, or need anything further, please
contact me on the details below.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Simon Willis

Information Access Officer

Resources & Quality Assurance Directorate

Direct Dial: 0161 923 6310

Email: [email address]

 

Dear Simon Willis (0161 923 6310),

Thank you for your reply. The following may be answered with a generic comment.

As the "regulator of doctors":

Does the GMC recognize that antibiotics are not indicated in order to cure a viral illness?

Would the GMC have concerns where a GP chooses the use of antibiotics despite having reason to suspect a virus causes a patient's malaise?

Yours sincerely,

Lisette Skeet

Simon Willis (0161 923 6310), General Medical Council

Dear Ms Skeet,

Thank you for your email,

Unfortunately I cannot respond to your query for reasons set out in my previous response. However, if you have concerns about a doctor's fitness to practise, please do contact us - you can find relevant information on the following link http://www.gmc-uk.org/concerns/index.asp

Yours sincerely

Simon Willis
Information Access Officer
Resources & Quality Assurance Directorate
Direct Dial: 0161 923 6310
Email: [email address]

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