Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Compulsory preschool jabs would fan the antivaccination lobby’s fire

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 02 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5263
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

Even in the half light I could see the widespread meningococcal rash. He was semiconscious. My hands trembled as I drew up the penicillin. We are all captives to our experience, irrespective of the evidence. So when asked how I can be sceptical about statins but not vaccinations I am incredulous. Clearly, vaccinations work: there is a biological model with measurable effect, and the consequences of infectious disease are terrible. The huge decline in infections after vaccination, and the eradication of others, seems irrefutable proof.1 2 3 But evidently not everyone thinks like that.

There is an …

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