Dr Richard Halvorsen

offering vaccine choice

We should stop pushing the swine flu vaccine on to young children

I am concerned that the NHS is still encouraging parents to give their young children the swine flu vaccine. GPs are still calling in the under 5s to have the swine flu shot, even though the threat has become so small that the NHS has shut down its National Flu Pandemic Service. There has not been a single report of a healthy child under 5 years of age dying from sine flu, and the safety of the vaccine remains a concern. The vaccine offered on the NHS contains mercury (thiomersal) which was removed form most children's vaccines several years ago. When parents ask me whether they should give their child the vaccine, I advise them that I am not convinced that the benefits outweigh the risks and advise them to decline the offer.

Added 14 Feb 2010