Social media firms must share responsibility for rising spread of measles in UK, Boris Johnson says

Boris Johnson will today (Monday) set out plans to improve vaccination rates on a visit to a hospital in the South West, following a rise in cases of measles. The Telegraph reports

In the first quarter of 2019 there were 231 confirmed cases of measles, just three years after the World Health Organisation declared the UK measles-free. 

Earlier this year Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS, said “fake news” by anti-vaxers on social media had fuelled a tripling in measles cases and added that the promotion of misguided messages on Instagram and YouTube was one of the factors behind the dip in vaccinations.

The Prime Minister said: “From reassuring parents about the safety of vaccines, to making sure people are attending follow-up appointments, we can and must do more to halt the spread of infectious, treatable diseases in modern-day Britain.”

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