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Vaccinations: Side Effects

Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 20 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health for how many past years her Department holds records of numbers of (a) reported adverse reactions to vaccines and (b) deaths attributed to vaccinations. (143200)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (formally known as the Medicines Control Agency, and previously the Medicines Division of the Department of Health) has been collecting reports of suspected adverse reactions (ADRs) to medicines and vaccines and any deaths associated with them for 43 years via the Yellow Card Scheme. The scheme records information from health care professionals and patients with a suspicion that an ADR may be related to a drug or vaccine, and has been in operation since 1964.