Sarah-Kate Templeton, Health Editor, Published in the Sunday Times, London
24 October 2010
George Fisher who died shortly after receiving the MMR vaccine (Adrian Sherratt) George Fisher, who died shortly after receiving the MMR vaccine (Adrian Sherratt) Forty children are suspected to have died as a result of receiving routine vaccines
Forty children are suspected to have died as a result of receiving routine vaccines in the past seven years.
Childhood vaccinations are also suspected of having left two young children with brain injuries and caused more than 1,500 other neurological reactions, including 11 cases of inflammation of the brain, 13 cases of epilepsy and a coma.
The data, disclosed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) following a request by The Sunday Times under the Freedom of Information Act, shows that, since 2003, there have been more than 2,100 serious adverse reactions to childhood vaccines, some of which were life-threatening.
Fifteen injections are given routinely to young children as part of the government‚Äôs vaccination programme. They offer protection against diseases such as polio, diphtheria, mumps and measles.
The MHRA says the deaths and neurological reactions should be seen in the context of the 90m doses of childhood vaccines which have been given since 2003.