A former chair of the BMA has called on schools to demand compulsory MMR immunisation for pupils
Sir Sandy Macara wants the MMR jab, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, to be compulsory, according to a motion for debate at the BMA’s annual conference later this month.
After the MMR was wrongly linked to an increased risk of autism, the number of vaccinations plunged, prompting country-wide measles outbreaks and boosting fears of an epidemic.
One in four children under five have not had both of the required injections, the first at 13 months and the second at around three years and four months.
Sir Macara said: ‘We ought to consider making a link which in effect would make it compulsory for children to be immunised if they are to receive the benefit of a free education from the state.’
The BBC reports that the Government has refused a request by the London Strategic Health Authority that vaccinations be made compulsory.
The authority had reportedly asked about the ‘feasibility of requiring an immunisation certificate for measles before children go to school’.
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