By Dr Richard Halvorsen
Last updated at 1:45 AM on 30th September 2009
Evangelists for mass vaccination like to claim that these programmes are of universal benefit to public health. Indeed, so zealous is their enthusiasm for vaccines that, through a cocktail of scaremongering and propaganda, they attempt to suppress all debate.
The result is that people, especially parents, feel bullied or patronised if they dare to challenge the official drive to vaccinate against every possible risk of disease. Moreover, this climate of fear is ruthlessly exploited by the big pharmaceutical companies, which see vast profits in exaggerated health concerns.
Yet the sudden death of Coventry schoolgirl Natalie Morton after a jab against cervical cancer highlights the reality that vaccination programmes are not without their risks.
The tragic irony for Natalie was that the injection may have triggered a reaction far more lethal than any future, distant threat of a comparatively rare disease.
And this exposes a fundamental problem about the Government’s growing obsession with vaccinating children and teenagers.
We have to be absolutely sure that the medical and political establishment’s growing reliance on vaccines does not ultimately do more harm than good.
Comment from Leslie
It just dawned on me that there may now be a race to see who was the first to say that the HPV vaccine was bad…hmmmm.