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Analysis And Comment Public health

Influenza vaccination: policy versus evidence

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 26 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:912

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Re: Flu vaccine production capacity

Dr Easmon's point could be valid were the problem with flu jabs only
caused by the inability of each year's output to be married to the flu
strain but it is not. Also, as Dr Cannell points out, flu jabs cause death
and debility; and this may be to an extent that is probably - as anyone in
practice recognises from anecdotal reports - far in excess of reported
events. Apart from this fact being denied by some authorities, the
reasoning behind the fallout from such jabs is not clear but ought to
concern anyone who intends to manufacture or use a single strain vaccine -
as has been postulated by 'experts' in the field - that might not be an
exact match for bird flu strain but may 'provide some protection against
that strain'. Jefferson's excellent work suggests such a startegy may not
be best practice, may indeed as Dr Cantell argues be dangerous, and may be
better met by Vitamin D and other protective nutrients (A, C etc.) than
any vaccine.


John H.

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15 November 2006
John Heptonstall
Director of the Morley Acupuncture Clinic
Leeds LS27 8EG