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United Kingdom Does NOT Have Mandatory Vaccines. Vaccines Not Mandatory for School Entry

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This is from:  http://www.vaccination.co.uk/why.htm

“Mandatory vaccination programmes were introduced in the United States in the 1960s; persuasion became obligation as vaccination was a condition of school entry. Vaccination is not mandatory in the UK and consent should always be obtained before immunisations are administered (Downie and Calman 1998).

The UK Department of Health (DOH) recommends that routine vaccines are given as detailed in the immunisation schedule presented by health visitors to all newborns. The DOH has set targets for vaccine uptake.  The aim is that by the age of two, 95 per cent. of children will be immunised against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis, Hib, measles, mumps and rubella. Similar schedules are in operation throughout the world

Vaccination has been a controversial subject in the UK since the Vaccination Act of 1853 made smallpox vaccination compulsory for all infants in the first three months of life and made defaulting parents liable to a fine or imprisonment. In 1877 author Lewis Carroll  was one of the first to question this approach to health care in his letters to the Eastbourne Chronicle. Over the years vaccination has spawned mass criticism of a public health policy now considered by many to be the most cost effective part of  health care.”

The following link is the TRULY “recommended” Vaccine Schedule in the UK, since it is not compulsory.  The Heb B Vaccine is not given at birth in the hospital, like in the US.

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/vaccination-schedule-age-checklist.aspx

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