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New Italian immunisation plan is built on scientific evidence: Carlo Signorelli and colleagues reply to news article by Michael Day

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 14 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6775
  1. Carlo Signorelli, professor of public health and president1,
  2. Anna Odone, research student2,
  3. Paolo Bonanni, coordinator, working group on vaccines1,
  4. Francesca Russo, director for prevention and health, Veneto region3
  1. 1Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI), 00144 Rome, Italy
  2. 2Unit of Public Health, Department of Biomedical, Biotechnological and Translational Sciences, University of Parma, 43125 Parma, Italy
  3. 3Dorsoduro, 3493 Venezia, Italy
  1. carlo.signorelli{at}

Several points need to be clarified with regard to the news article by Day.1 Most importantly, Italy’s new national immunisation plan, issued by a working group of the Italian Ministry of Health, was built on the best available scientific evidence.

The four scientific societies that in 2014 released the second edition of the “lifetime immunization schedule,”2 mentioned in the news article, were consulted by the working group for technical and scientific support. In particular, representatives of the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health; the Italian Society of Pediatrics; the Italian Federation of Community Pediatricians; and the Italian Federation of General Practitioners were invited to two formal hearings. Moreover, although the lifetime immunisation schedule constituted a solid basis for discussion during the drafting of …

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