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Letters Mandatory child vaccination

Lessons to be learnt from other countries about mandatory child vaccination

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 19 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4036
  1. Denes Stefler, PhD student in cardiovascular epidemiology1,
  2. Raj Bhopal, Bruce and John Usher professor of public health2
  1. 1Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
  2. 2Centre for Population Health Sciences, Medical School, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. steflerdenes{at}

Salisbury argues against mandatory vaccination in the UK and suggests that compulsion is not necessary if immunisation coverage is above a “sufficiently high” level.1

In 2010 we published a comparison of disease control systems, including childhood vaccination, between Scotland and Hungary.2 In 2007, vaccination coverage rates for …

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