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 .
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 .
 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
 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