Magazine article The Spectator

Vaccines Don't Kill

Magazine article The Spectator

Vaccines Don't Kill

Article excerpt

Sir: Whatever the cause, the deaths of Harry and Christopher Clark were a tragedy, as was that of their mother. Their family has our sympathy. Neville Hodgkinson argues ('What killed Sally Clark's child?' 19 May) that there is a strong possibility that the death of one of the boys was due to the DTP (diphtheria/ tetanus/whooping cough) vaccine he had recently received. Vaccines are one of the most researched aspects of modern medicine and this suggestion is not supported by the evidence. A major US review, in 2003, of the proposed role of vaccines in cot death concluded that the evidence 'favors rejection of a causal relationship between DTwP vaccine and SIDS [sic]'.

There is no credible research that contradicts this conclusion.

Neville Hodgkinson refers to an unpublished report, produced by Professor Gordon Stewart, showing that the whooping cough vaccine was ineffective. …

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