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Flu vaccine doubts; and cancer surgery

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

FLU VACCINE DOUBTS

The Independent devote four pages to scientists' warning on flu vaccines (p1,4,5,18). The paper says scientists are urging ministers to "tell the truth on 'overhyped' flu vaccine".

The protection offered by the jab is exaggerated and money is wasted on national vaccination campaigns which are not justified by the benefits of immunisation, they say.

In linked articles, the paper points out the success of various types of vaccinations but say governments must be scrupulous in telling the truth about both the benefits and risks.

Any fears there is risk the government has not admitted will lead to a sharp fall in take up - demonstrated by the experience of the measles mumps and rubella vaccine experience. According to the headline of an editorial, the flu vaccine is: "An imperfect jab - but worth taking." 

CANCER SURGERY

Cancer patients who do not have long to live are being given pointless surgery which will bring them no benefits and this should be stopped, Britain's Royal College of Physicians has said, the Telegraph reports (p21).

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