A children’s clinic in Stockholm has come under fire after declaring vaccinations as unsafe for children.
The Allvis clinic in the Sodermalm district is under investigation after telling parents that vaccines pose a risk to their children’s health. According to investigators, the clinic told parents that childhood diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella are natural and can actually help in their development.
Rt.com reports: At a briefing attended by a reporter from the newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) in May, one staff member told a father asking about measles: “In the Western world you don’t die from childhood diseases.” The staffer added that these diseases can “have a positive impact on their [the children’s] personal development.”
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Measles is one of the leading causes of childhood deaths according to the World Health Organization. In 2015, it killed 134,200 people, with most victims under five years old.
“Now we hear of how a children’s health center spreads fake news on vaccinations, which makes us very concerned. Child health services have a mission and it is important that they follow the existing guidelines,” Stockholm health official Anna Starbrink told TT on Tuesday.
In Sweden, children over 18 months are routinely given shots against measles, mumps and rubella. Although Swedish parents have the right to refuse vaccinations, in Stockholm, 95.6 percent of children are vaccinated. But among those attending the Allvis clinic, only 44.2 percent of two year olds have had shots administered.
Doctors at the clinic allegedly recommended homeopathic medicines over vaccines.
“We have several child care centers that are bad and we recently had a measles outbreak in Jarvafaltet. If the vaccination rate is low, it can just as easily happen in Sodermalm,” Starbrink told BN.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation, the clinic may have its license revoked.
“I’ve taken the initiative to start an investigation. If you’re going to run a children’s clinic for Stockholm County Council you have to follow our guidelines. If you don’t do that, it’s possible to end the agreement,” Starbrink added, according to The Local.