With millions of tourists set to visit Britain this summer for the Queen’s Jubilee and Olympic Games, ITV1s Tonight programme examines the fears of health officials that we could be facing a widespread outbreak of Measles.
One part of the country already reporting a tenfold increase in cases.
Other contagious childhood illnesses, like Whooping Cough and Mumps, are also on the rise.
Yet doctors say these diseases couldhave been all-but confined to history – were it not for the fact that millions of children aren’t being fully immunised.
In an exclusive Netmums survey of 2000 people Tonight found that 45% of people don’t consider vaccines to be completely safe.
Tonight investigates the effect Dr Andrew Wakefield’s report linking Autism to the triple MMR vaccine had on immunization rates and speaks to parents who have chosen to opt out of all vaccinations.
Mum Nicola Adolphe told us:
But the Health Protection Agency warn that by choosing not to immunise you not only put your child at risk but other children.
Tonight speaks to parents Dawn and Dave Benson whose five week-old daughter Eliza May died of whooping cough last December.
Babies are routinely vaccinated against this highly contagious airborne disease at 8 weeks – Eliza Mae was too young to be vaccinated.
Her parents believe the drop in immunization rates is the reason why their little girl came into contact with the disease and became infected.
Mr Benson told us:
Are Your Kids Contagious is on ITV1 at 7.30pm.
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