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Body consults to balance public health against private rights

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 18 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1176
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    Compulsory childhood vaccination and new quarantine measures are among the radical steps that may be needed to protect public health in the United Kingdom, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics warned this week.

    In a wide ranging consultation document, the influential body called for an urgent debate on the pros and cons of mandatory child immunisation in the wake of the debacle involving the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, in which immunisation rates fell after one unfavourable research report about the vaccine in 1998. It added that new measures may have to …

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