Measles could take hold as UK vaccination levels dropBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7411.360-e (Published 14 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:360
- David Spurgeon
Measles could again become endemic in the United Kingdom as a result of a continuing decline in the number of infants being vaccinated, concludes a study of recent outbreaks in England and Wales (Science 2003;301:804).
There has been a drop in uptake of the combined measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine from its national average of 91% of children in 1998. Only 79% of children reaching the age of 2 years between January and March 2003 had had the combined vaccine.
The fall off began after widespread publicity concerning the alleged side effects of the vaccine, although …