How will the government tackle the drop in children's immunisation rates?
Home secretary may consider compulsory vaccination, but there is little enthusiasm for this among NHS staff
- Uptake of some childhood vaccinations is falling and the government is preparing a vaccination strategy
- Vaccination is important for ensuring herd immunity and can be an opportunity for nurses to pick up other issues
- More flexible appointments for working families and catch-up clinics in schools and universities might help
The UK government is preparing a vaccination strategy in response to falling child immunisation rates which could be out in weeks.
Health secretary Matt Hancock said he is also considering a move to compulsory vaccination and has sought legal advice.
years in a row uptake of the first dose of MMR has fallen
(Source: NHS Digital/World Health Organization)
The proposed strategy is a...
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