Dr Ranj Singh explains why it’s essential not just for your kids but for the whole population to keep up with immunisations.
In 2016, the UK reached ‘measles free’ status. It was a difficult struggle to get to that stage. However, with 1 in 7 children not being fully immunised with MMR and resultant outbreaks across the country, that status was removed just a few years later. There were over 900 laboratory-confirmed cases of measles in 2018, compared with 284 in 2017, and 231 cases already in the first quarter 2019.
This has become such a huge issue that even the prime minister has started to speak up, saying that parents are listening to ‘superstitious mumbo-jumbo on the internet and thinking that the MMR vaccine is a bad idea’. Online vaccine misinformation has become the new fake news, with serious health consequences.
Getting the MMR vaccine for your kids is of national importance because it is not just the right thing for individual children, but it is the right thing for the population. This is because while it may not be your child that contracts measles, it could be somebody else, including those that can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons.
Making sure that your child is fully protected is responsible and necessary for the health of the nation. If you need further, independent and accurate information, then please check out the Oxford Vaccine Project website.
Voice: Dr Ranj Singh