THE Health Secretary could make child vaccinations compulsory and said anti-jab campaigners had “blood on their hands”.
Matthew Hancock spoke out after the number of children being vaccinated fell for a fourth year in a row.
PA:Press Association Health Secretary Matt Hancock spoke out about the falling vaccination rate, saying he could make kids jabs compulsory and blasting anti-vaxxers for having ‘blood on their hands’
The slump has been blamed on a rise in “national immunity” social media groups.
The Times found nearly 40,000 parents on sites calling for kids not to be vaccinated — leaving them vulnerable to potentially deadly diseases.
Some 91.2 per cent of tots got the MMR jab by age two last year compared with 92.7 per cent in 2013.
There were 966 cases of measles in 2018 — nearly four times that of 2017.
Mr Hancock said: “The evidence is clear that vaccination is good for you, your children and, critically, protects people who can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons.
“Those who promote the anti-vaccination myth are morally reprehensible, deeply irresponsible and have blood on their hands.”
He added he was “open to all options” to improve the vaccination rate and had not ruled out making the jab compulsory.
Nine out of the 12 usual childhood vaccinations have declined since last year. Difficulty of getting a GP appointment was also blamed.
Getty The Times found that almost 40,000 parents were calling for kids not to be vaccinated on ‘national immunity’ social media groups
Mum Lottie Daley refuses to immunise her children and says excluding unvaccinated pupils from school is ‘against their human rights’