According to the BBC news, the English Department of Health is starting a massive compaign to get the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine to children up to the age of 18 who have not previously received it. The rate of measles infections has been rising, thanks to declines in vaccination as a result of the persistance of antivaccinationist propaganda despite repeated debunkings. As a result, it appears vaccination rates have fallen significantly below the levels needed for herd immunity:
Around 95% of the population need to be vaccinated to protect against widespread outbreaks of measles.
The current vaccination rate across England and Wales is around 10 percentage points lower.
In Scotland and Northern Ireland, uptake of the first dose of MMR is higher, at approximately 91%.
Professor Salisbury said measles was among the most easily spread of viruses.
He said: “Measles is serious and in some cases it can be fatal. Delaying immunisation puts children at risk.
“If we continue to accumulate unvaccinated children measles will spread among them – at some point there will be a measles epidemic.”