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New study warns of potential epidemics in UK

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 02 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:532
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. Ontario

    A new Canadian study suggests that Britain may face a high risk of epidemics in preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough.

    The study's authors, Chris Bauch and David Earn, analysed how the general public's perception of the risks associated with vaccines can influence vaccination uptake rates and disease outbreaks. They found that a parent's decision to vaccinate or not is influenced by their perception of the vaccine's risk, whether that risk is accurate or inflated (published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on 25 August, in PNAS “early edition” (

    The researchers investigated …

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