Vaccination crisis: Britain to ban unvaccinated children from schools
London, Sep 29, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Children without vaccination could be banned from going to school in Britain after an ‘alarming’ drop in uptake of all 13 routine childhood jabs.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock pledged ‘bold action’ as an NHS report revealed figures vaccination rates for all nine childhood jabs dropped in England last year.
Rates for the six-in-one jab, which protects against illness such as polio and tetanus, dropped to 92.1 among one-year-olds – the lowest figure in at least 10 years.
Coverage of the MMR jab, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, fell for the fifth year in a row, with one in ten children not receiving their first dose of the vaccine last year.
But it said schools have a ‘role to play’ in countering the ‘pseudo-science championed by anti-vaccination campaigners’.
For individual jabs, which are spread across 13 time measures, the decreases from last year ranged from drops of 0.2 to 1 per cent.
The worst change was for the DTap-IPV-Hib, known as the six-in-one, among one-year-olds, which dropped by one percentage point to 92.1 per cent.
Uptake for this is now at its lowest level since 2008-09 and last year was the biggest fall since it came into use in 2006.
The smallest fall was for the Hib/Meningitis C protection among five-year-olds, which dropped 0.2 per cent from 92.4 to 92.2.
Coverage for the single dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine by the age of five is 94.5 per cent, down from 94.9 per cent in 2017-18.
This is the fifth year in a row MMR coverage has fallen and means the rate has sunk further below the 95 per cent target set by the World Health Organization.
To give full protection, however, children should have two doses of MMR by the time they’re five, and only 86.4 per cent of children had received this last year.
Britain this year had its ‘measles-free’ status revoked by the WHO after the number of cases quadrupled in 12 months. There were 231 cases from January to March this year.
Senior GPs this month called for children to be banned from primary schools unless they had received the MMR jab.