- Make your own judgements based on available evidence.
- Discuss vaccinations with your medical advisor.
- Information is not usually provided by the government or medical advisor.
Questions to ask when considering a vaccination programme.
1. How dangerous is the disease for which the vaccine is being given. Exactly what are the chances that the disease will kill or cripple?
2. How effective is the vaccine?
3. How dangerous is the vaccine? Exactly what are the chances it will kill or cripple?
4. What side effects are associated with the vaccine?
5. Which patients should not be given the vaccine?
6. Will you guarantee that this vaccine will protect me or my child? If not, exactly what protection will it offer and for who?
7. Will you guarantee that this vaccine will not harm me or my child? If not, exactly how risky is it?
8. Will you take full responsibility for any ill effects caused by this vaccine?
9. Is the vaccine essential?
- Obtain a signed note from the medical advisor confirming what he/she told you.
- If the medical advisor wants to vaccinate you, ask him or her to confirm in writing that the vaccine is both essential and safe and that you're healthy enough to receive it.
- Ask the medical advisor for written confirmation that he/she has personally investigated the risk/benefit ratio of any vaccine he/she is recommending, and that having looked at all the evidence believe that the vaccine is safe and essential.
- Ask the medical advisor for written confirmation that he/she will take legal responsibility for any adverse reaction.
- Obtain the batch number of the vaccine, the medical advisor who gave the vaccine and the name of the practice/clinic.