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Stop blaming the anti-vax bogeyman and focus on immunisation services

Investing in nurses and resources to educate parents is more pressing than battling fake news
Measles is a potentially life-threatening condition Picture: Science Photo Library

Investing in nurses and resources to educate parents about vaccines is more pressing than battling fake news

In 2017 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the UK measles free, meaning that there was no circulating measles in the population. Last month, it had no option but to withdraw that status.

This downgrade was possibly inevitable with the rise of cases across Europe and the world, but in the UK we’ve seen the number of cases triple between 2017 and 2018, and the infection continues to circulate.

These circumstances have prompted public health professionals to think of ways to put this right and re-examine the reasons for the gradual fall in vaccine uptake over recent years.

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