‘1 in 7 Kids In England Skip MMR Vaccine,’ According to New Report
Public Health England is issuing warnings following the release of data suggesting that one in seven five-year-olds aren’t MMR vaccinated. With measles cases popping up all around Europe, the PHE believes that lack of vaccines is causing an uptick in the illness.
In England, there have been 230 cases of measles. But many people in England are revolting against vaccines due to concerns over their safety. This has the PHE up in arms advising the public to get their children measles vaccinated. The World Health Organization recently pulled England’s status as a measles-free zone.
Further concerning the PHE is the claim that 30,000 unvaccinated kids will begin school this month. About 90,000 have only taken the first of two vaccines for measles. Overall, that’s 120,000 kids that remain under-vaccinated against measles.
The UK’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, is imploring social media tech companies to censor anti-vaccine pages and posts.
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Johnson’s overall position in regards to vaccines is somewhat confused with his current position on mandatory vaccines. Johnson ran on a campaign that positioned himself against compulsory immunizations. But it’s possible his new rhetoric is in the early stages of repositioning himself to align with more intense scrutiny over those parents who want to choose whether or not to vaccinate their child.
“The UK generally has a great record on fighting measles, but for the first time we’re suddenly going in the wrong direction,” Johnson said on a visit to a hospital in Truro.
“I’m afraid people have just been listening to that superstitious mumbo-jumbo on the internet, all that anti-vax stuff, and thinking that the MMR vaccine is a bad idea. That’s wrong. Please get your kids vaccinated.”
“It’s not just the right thing for them, but also, of course, it’s the right thing for the whole population,” Johnson said. “It might not be your kid that gets it. It could be somebody else’s.”
The UK’s vaccine rates for polio, whooping cough, tetanus, and polio have similarly fallen.
The censorship sentiments are echoed in the United States. Last February, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) went after Facebook for allowing “vaccine misinformation” content. Schiff’s letter aligned the anti-vaccine movement with “conspiracy theories,” suggesting Facebook follow in the footsteps of Youtube’s censorship agenda.
Author: Jim Satney
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