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Mandatory childhood vaccination could cause “irreparable damage,” says expert panel

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5995 (Published 11 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l5995

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The flu vaccine is essentially compulsory for most health care staff in the UK following a carrot and stick policy by the Department of Health. The vaccine protection is far inferior to that afforded by the MMR vaccine.

On one hand doctors are prepared to accept a vaccine with questionable benefits about its efficacy as show during the flu outbreak last year but are unwilling to put their name forwards to a vaccine which will undoubtedly save lives.

I would have hoped that the RCPCH had sought the views of its members before unilaterally dismissing compulsory vaccination.

Competing interests: No competing interests

20 October 2019
Selwyn D'Costa
Paediatrician
Melanie D'Costa
DA2 8DA