There are no plans to introduce compulsory vaccinations for children in response to the current measles epidemic in the Swansea area says the Welsh Government as uptake rates are improving.
The current epidemic, affecting school age children in particular, is the legacy of a damaging and unfounded health scare in the late 1990s. Since then, trust in the MMR has been regained, to the point where almost 95% of pre-school children are vaccinated. We believe that at this point, the hard-won trust in the MMR vaccine and in GPs would be damaged by introducing compulsory vaccination.
We continue to urge parents and carers of children who have not had the vaccination to arrange for them to receive it.
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If the Government's top adviser on immunisation thinks the risk of an emergency in England is a possibility, I believe him.