Unvaccinated children could be banned from going to school 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. Experts blamed the drop on online claims that jabs don’t work or are harmful, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson once dubbed ‘superstitious mumbo jumbo’. Other parents may miss giving their children the jabs because illnesses such as polio have been eradicated in the UK, meaning they have forgotten how serious they are. Vaccination rates fell for all 13 immunisations in England between the years of 2017-18 and 2018-19, NHS Digital figures revealed this morning. Health officials have warned the drops are ‘unacceptable’ and ‘concerning’ Mr Hancock, who earlier this year suggested… Read full this story
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