Sri Panna Choudhury
Indian Academy of Pediatricians
Sub: Consent of Parents before Vaccinating Infants.
Namaskar. Please note I have been directed to write this letter to you by very eminent physicians of India who wish to remain anonymous at present.
This has reference to the telephonic conversation I had with you yesterday. I wish to report that a colleague of mine had his wife admitted to a local hospital for delivery. A baby boy was born to him on the 9^th of August. On the 12^th of August the baby was prescribed the Hepatitis-B vaccination.
My colleague is well aware of the controversial nature of this vaccine and it’s after effects and also that it is not included within the UIP. He thus made a decision not to allow this vaccination to the administered to the infant.
“WHO considers that it should be a priority to include this vaccine in national immunization programmes, particularly in countries where mortality among children aged 50/1000 live births or where >50,000 children die annually”. (No authors cited.) Drug Action Forum – Karnataka’s (DAF-K – is a member of AIDAN) feel that the WHO recommendations seem dictated by needs of increasing demand for vaccines and profits for manufacturers rather than the needs of public health.- extract for letter to WHO
ALL INDIA DRUG ACTION NETWORK (AIDAN)
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