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Independents' Day

I've no duty to accept swine flu vaccine

GPs cannot have a duty to test-drive a vaccine, or any other medication, that has had such a short period of testing among such a small number of 'volunteers'.

I've already had my annual flu jab - I'm not anti-vaccine. But we know nothing about the possible long-term side-effects, particularly the potential adverse effects on the foetus. How many politicians or doctors will be happy to provide their pregnant wives or pregnant daughters with swine flu vaccines?

And how on earth are the authorities going to produce meaningful data this winter about the number of cases of swine flu compared with the number of cases of seasonal flu, when we do not have the capacity or finances to identify the causative virus of each flu case? How many of us have already had swine flu, and how many subclinical cases are there out there? We will have no idea of the degree of protection the vaccine offers in the real world.

From Dr John Oakley, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

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