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David Oliver: Vaccination sceptics are immune to debate

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l2244 (Published 22 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2244

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Vaccination, the medical establishment, and immunity from accountability

David Oliver says “Vaccination sceptics are immune to debate”.[1]

It seems to me the medical establishment is immune to being accountable to citizens with valid concerns about vaccination policy and practice.

For example, what does David Oliver think about the reported early waning of passive immunity of babies born to vaccinated mothers, could there be serious problems emerging here for current and future generations? See my BMJ rapid responses:
- Measles vaccination - is anyone worried about shorter term maternally derived antibodies via vaccinated mothers? https://www.bmj.com/content/362/bmj.k3976/rr-3 and
- Universal measles vaccination - “well worth the risk of reduced transplacental immunity and increased vulnerability in adults...”?
https://www.bmj.com/content/362/bmj.k3976/rr-14

Also, recently I’ve questioned why parents and others are not offered the option of antibody titre testing after the first dose of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, rather than being pressed to have an arbitrary second dose with this live MMR vaccine combination, see my BMJ rapid response: Measles vaccination and antibody titre testing: https://www.bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l1932/rr-16

Is there someone with responsibility for vaccination policy and practice, and with knowledge of the MMR vaccine products, able to respond?

Reference:
1. David Oliver: Vaccination sceptics are immune to debate.
https://www.bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l2244

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 May 2019
Elizabeth M Hart
Independent citizen investigating conflicts of interest in vaccination policy and the over-use of vaccine products
Adelaide, Australia