Compulsory vaccinations: No10 rejects Matt Hancock’s call for children to be banned from school if not vaccinated

According to iNews, Mr Hancock revealed at a fringe event at Conservative Party conference in Manchester on Sunday that he was seeking legal advice on a compulsory immunisation programme in England because of a rise in measles cases triggered by a fall in rates.

But the Prime Minister’s spokesman suggested the minister had spoken prematurely, stressing the government was “not at the stage” of enforcing vaccinations and was instead looking at other ways to encourage parents to get their children immunised.

It came as a survey by Mumsnet revealed that 77% of parents believe vaccinations should be compulsory.

At the fringe event on Sunday, Mr Hancock said: “I think there is a very strong argument for having compulsory vaccinations for children for when they go to school, because otherwise they are putting other children at risk … I think there is a very strong argument for moving to compulsory vaccination and I think the public would back us.”

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Following the increase in measles outbreaks, should vaccinations be compulsory? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

 

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