UK's Johnson slams 'mumbo-jumbo' about vaccines after measles rates rise

Boris Johnson has said social media firms have a responsibility to curb vaccine misinformation

Boris Johnson has said social media firms have a responsibility to curb vaccine misinformation

Prof Heidi Larson, director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: "With more than 5% of five-year-olds in England not having had their MMR vaccination when they start school, and the United Kingdom losing its "measles-free" status three years after being certified for measles elimination by the World Health Organization, it is time for more urgent action".

PM Boris Johnson announced on Monday that, along with other measures, parents who have concerns over the jabs will be given new evidence-based advice to correct any false information they may have learned.

The prime minister said: "From reassuring parents about the safety of vaccines to making sure people are attending follow-up appointments, we can and must do more to halt the spread of infectious, treatable disease in modern-day Britain".

Measles has caused a lot of problems in countries where children aren't properly vaccinated.

Develop a major campaign with NHS England and Improvement, Public Health England and GP practices to support the importance of key vaccinations in protecting against potentially unsafe diseases.

While coverage of the 1st dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine in the United Kingdom has reached the World Health Organization target of 95 percent for children aged 5, coverage of the 2nd MMR dose is reported at 87.4 percent in 2018.

Deciding not to vaccinate is particularly unsafe, as parents risk their children facing measles complications.

Experts said many outbreaks in this country were being fuelled by visits to European countries over the summer holidays. The vast majority of those affected are not fully immunised and vaccine preventable diseases spread more easily in schools.

The number of people being vaccinated against the virus has steadily declined in recent years, while cases of measles have quadrupled in the last 12 months.

"We often think that these diseases are confined to the past, but the World Health Organisation has recently confirmed that measles is no longer eliminated in England".

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of Global Positioning System, said that vaccinations are "simple, easy and highly effective health interventions", reminding the public that in most cases they "protect for life". To ensure the safety of children who can not be vaccinated because of damaged immune systems such as after childhood cancer, 95% of the population needs to be immunised with both doses of MMR.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged social media companies to do more and has unveiled a campaign to stop the spread of false information from anti-vaxxers. This leaves them at high risk of measles at a time when outbreaks of the disease are occurring across the country.

To check that your child has received all their vaccines on schedule, visit the NHS website and refer to your child's Red Book.

If in any doubt, they can contact their GP practice.

France, the most anti-vaccine nation in the world, with a third of the nation expressing distrust of the jab, previous year made vaccinations compulsory.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "It's easy to forget how devastating measles can be, precisely because vaccines are so effective at preventing it in the first place".

Health officials warned that unvaccinated children in Britain are at high risk of measles, especially when they return to school. Anyone who has not received two doses of MMR vaccine will be at risk.