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

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 11 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l5995

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Trust is not being earned

Thank you Wendy Stephen [1]. The state asserts that vaccines are safe [2] but this can only apparently be achieved by ignoring instances of harm and treating anyone who raises concerns as if they are a public enemy, when in fact it might it be a civic duty. Neither Simon Stevens or Matt Hancock are medical scientists or doctors yet they show every sign of wanting to intimidate or coerce the public. How can we have good medical science if people are perpetually beaten into silence over their experiences (thus destroying any evidence base) and how can we have healthy politics? To have good medical science you have to listen, and you have to pay attention to negative signals: there are hundred, perhaps thousands of peer reviewed papers which do not support the outright safety of vaccine products, no evidence has been produced that any products on the schedule were ever subjected to double blind safety pre-market testing [3] - there are in fact the Patient Information Leaflets - and yet the British state is increasingly unable to recognise any damage at all. This is perhaps not safety first, but simply "gung-ho".

Meanwhile, all is not well with the child population, which is viewed not as a medical problem but simply as some unexplained educational crisis [4].

[1] Wendy E Stephen, 'Re: Mandatory childhood vaccination could cause “irreparable damage,” says expert panel', 24 October 2019,

[2] ‘Why vaccination is safe and important’ (media reviewed 30 July 2019),

[3] John Stone, 'Re: Response to John Stone (2019 Jul 24)', 29 July 2019,

[4] Rosemary Bennett, 'Parents despair at special needs ‘chaos’', The Times 23 October 2019.

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 October 2019
John Stone
UK Editor
London N22