HC Deb 15 May 2000 vol 350 c17W
Mr. Ian Stewart

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have died following a routine vaccination in each year since 1990. [111958]

Yvette Cooper

Over 150 million doses of vaccine have been distributed in the United Kingdom for use in the childhood programme in the last 10 years.

A report of a particular suspected reaction does not necessarily mean that it has been caused by the vaccine. There is no evidence to support the suggestion of a causal link between any of the childhood vaccines recommended in the UK and death.

Yellow card reports to the Medicines Control Agency of suspected adverse reactions to a routine vaccine where a child, aged 16 years or less, died are presented in the table for the UK.

Year Reports of a fatal reaction to a vaccine
1990 2
1991 9
1992 10
1993 7
1994 4
1995 4
1996 3
1997 5
1998 2
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