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Preventing overdiagnosis: how to stop harming the healthy

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 29 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3502

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Perhaps the authors ought also to consider the risks of over-vaccination. I note that by 13 months a UK infant is now expected to have received 25 vaccines [1] despite which the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation contemplate adding Hepatitis B to the schedule as part of a hexavalent vaccine to be administered with Meningitis C vaccine [2] and a rotavirus vaccine [3]. Can anyone put their hand on their heart and say that they know what the total effect of this burden on our children will be, or that we have a generation of children without unexplained neurological impairments or an exceptional proliferation of chronic immune disorders?

Addionally, the JCVI are now proposing that all school children receive a nasal spray flu vaccination annually. Given the poor history of identifying correctly the proliferating flu strain of the following winter and the fact that the vaccine itself renders the children infectious [4] this seems a particularly good way to spread disease.

For whose benefit is this really?





Competing interests: Autistic son

04 June 2012
John Stone
UK Editor
London N22