Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Head To Head

Is the timing of recommended childhood vaccines evidence based?

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 23 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i867

Rapid Response:

Re: Is the timing of recommended childhood vaccines evidence based?

Slightly at a tangent maybe but the correspondence reminded me of the Yellow Card Scheme . It is designed to be used by both health professionals and members of the public to report Adverse Drugs and Medical Devices Events. Those who are aware of it in the first place may report directly to the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) and/or request Yellow Cards via a free phone or internet link.

In 2015 39,000 reports were made; 45% directly from healthcare professionals; 14% from members of the public; 41% from pharmaceutical companies.

There is a scheme being developed to increase awareness of the Yellow Card Scheme via posters; leaflets; education of reporters and CPD Learning Modules.

With thanks to the Department of Vigilance and Risk Management (MHRA) for the information sent in response to a request. There is a comprehensive web site for further information.

Another useful way of sharing information, support and research is through 'Patients Like Me' (see web site) .

Competing interests: No competing interests

27 March 2016
susanne stevens