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Vitamin D deficiency: are we preventing the preventable?
  1. Katharine Jamieson1,
  2. Nirit Braha2,
  3. Andrea Gritz2,
  4. Deborah Hodes3
  1. 1Department of Community Paediatrics, Camden Community, Kentish Town Health Centre, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Paediatrics, The Whittington Hospital, London, UK
  3. 3Department of Community Paediatrics, Camden Community, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Katharine Jamieson, Department of Community Paediatrics, Camden Community, Kentish Town Health Centre, Bartholomew Road, London NW5 2AJ, UK; k.jamieson{at}

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Following the article by Jessiman et al1 we would like to describe our experience, which indicated that health professionals continue to be poorly informed about the importance of vitamin D supplementation.

In recent years, the UK has seen the re-emergence of vitamin D deficiency2 and its striking clinical manifestations3 in children.

In 2007, a Camden-based audit4 found only 19.1% high-risk children were correctly supplemented, despite the introduction of Healthy Start5 guidelines in 2006, which set out clear recommendations for vitamin supplementation in infants and young children.

Over 18 months (2009–2010), six patients from this ethnically diverse borough6 presented to University College London Hospital (UCLH) with hypocalcaemic …

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval Ethical committee approval for the undertaking and reporting of this study was received from the East Midlands Research Ethics Committee (Nottingham 2 Committee).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.