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UK doctors re-examine case for mandatory vaccination

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 18 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3414

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Re: UK doctors re-examine case for mandatory vaccination

Further to my earlier comment, I have recently reviewed the up-to-date reports on the WHO global adverse drug reaction database at

For 'HPV vaccine' there are now 305,014 adverse drug reactions in 81,263 reports. These include 445 deaths (including 23 sudden deaths), 1,052 neoplasms (including 168 cervical cancers and 25 carcinoma in situ), 460 cases of PoTS and 144 cases of CRPS. They even acknowledge that only c.10% of adverse reactions are reported. We are told that these reports do not prove causation but they have been reported as spontaneous reports where the vaccine is believed to have been the cause. When are health officials responsible for drug safety going to stop ignoring these safety signals? Whilst these situations exist they will never convince the general public that all vaccines are safe and effective and need to be mandated to protect them.

Competing interests: No competing interests

09 December 2017
Steve Hinks
Retired health professional
Kilncroft, Drumbrough