Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

News

Child vaccination rates in England fall across the board, figures show

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5773 (Published 26 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5773

Rapid Response:

Re: Child vaccination rates in England fall across the board, figures show

Can Caroline Fryar, Head of Advisory Services of the Medical Defence Union [1], also confirm that medical practitioners have a duty to warn of the side effects of the products they administer, however rare, as determined by the Montgomery ruling [2]. Everyone understands that the purpose of a vaccine product is to avoid getting a disease, just as the purpose of a treatment is to ameliorate or cure a condition, but is an unusual extension of language to talk as she does about the "side effects" of not having an intervention.

[1] Caroline Fryar, 'Re: Child vaccination rates and parental authority', 4 October 2019, https://www.bmj.com/content/366/bmj.l5773/rr-6

[2] MDU, 'Montgomery and Informed Consent', https://www.themdu.com/guidance-and-advice/guides/montgomery-and-informe...

Competing interests: No competing interests

04 October 2019
John Stone
UK Editor
AgeofAutism.com
London N22