Drop in childhood vaccinations is avoidable and Government must act, warns BMA

Responding to NHS Digital figures showing a fall in coverage for all routine childhood vaccinations in England1, BMA public health medicine committee chair, Dr Peter English, said:

“Childhood immunisation remains the most effective way to prevent a range of life-threatening illnesses and it is therefore extremely concerning to see a decrease in vaccination uptake given this is largely avoidable.

“There is a clear need to curb the damaging spread of false and misleading information on vaccinations by enforcing standards and placing legal obligations on social media corporations.

“More importantly still, the Government must implement an effective vaccination strategy that addresses the wide-ranging factors behind this decline and deliver adequate resources to ensure targeted, comprehensive vaccination programmes that reaches those most in need.”

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