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How will the government tackle the drop in children's immunisation rates?

Home secretary may consider compulsory vaccination, but NHS staff are unconvinced
Photo of a child receiving a vaccination

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.

5

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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