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Vaccine programmes must consider their effect on general resistance

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3769 (Published 14 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3769

Re: Vaccine programmes must consider their effect on general resistance

I recently drew attention in these columns to the fact that the UK vaccine programme comprised 25 vaccines by 13 months and rising, with Hep B and Rotavirus vaccines about to be added to the schedule [1].

Might I suggest, therefore, that while in the developed world we may not be able to read for the most part the benefits and risks of this in terms of crude mortality that the situation is nevertheless likely to be just as complex as in this article by Aaby et al. It is high time, therefore, to call into question an ever expanding vaccine schedule, supported by the doctrine of spare capacity proposed by Paul Offitt and David Salisbury [2].

[1] John Stone, 'Re: Preventing overdiagnosis: how to stop harming the healthy', BMJ Rapid Responses 4 June 2012 http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e3502/rr/587969

[2] John Stone, 'Re: Preventing overdiagnosis: how to stop harming the healthy', BMJ Rapid Responses 7 June 2012 http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e3502/rr/588414

Competing interests: Autistic son

15 June 2012
John Stone
UK Editor
AgeofAutism.com
London N22