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Independents' Day

Is the swine flu threat real or not?

The latest news on the swine flu campaign really does make one wonder.

Either the threat from swine flu to the under-fives is real – in which case the campaign to immunise them needs to be continued despite current low uptake – or the threat is not real, in which case it should stop now.

Should a clinically necessary immunisation campaign really depend on uptake?

If so, why did we continue MMR vaccination when the uptake dropped because of the autism scare?

Dr Mary Hawking
Dunstable, Bedfordshire

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