25 Apr 2019

Measles cases quadruple in UK – health secretary ‘worried’ about false vaccine information online

It’s been described by the NHS chief as a “public health timebomb.” The number of cases of measles in England has almost quadrupled in the past year, leading the head of the health service to issue a warning about the growing number of parents refusing to vaccinate their children.

An analysis by the charity Unicef found that among high-income countries, the UK had the third largest number of children who had missed their first dose of the measles vaccine.

The Health Secretary said today he was “particularly worried” anti-vaccine fake news was being spread online.

Minnie Stephenson reports.