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Accusations of complacency on child vaccines are unfounded

Dr Richard Halvorsen accuses the Department of Health of complacency over vaccine safety (Letter, July 14). His accusation is completely unfounded.

The fact is we provide DTwP because it gives a high level of protection and there is strong scientific evidence to indicate the small amount of thiomersal present in the vaccine poses no threat to a child's neurodevelopment.

Readers wishing to satisfy themselves of the evidence relating to the safety of thiomersal in vaccine should refer to the factsheet on the department's website: www.immunisation.nhs.uk

Dr David Salisbury

Head of Immunisation

Department of Health

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