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Measles cases at highest point since 2006 as outbreaks continue to spread

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5141 (Published 13 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5141

Rapid Response:

Re: Measles cases at highest point since 2006 as outbreaks continue to spread

In my letter just posted [1] I also intended to cite Jacqui Wise's report 'MMR vaccine: Johnson urges new impetus to increase uptake as UK loses measles-free status' [2]. Politicians need to understand the limitations of the data they are shown and they also need to have regard for citizens' legal rights, whether over informed consent or to speak their mind in public over medical treatment. Only last month outside No. 10 after all, if memory serves, Boris Johnson was affirming his government's commitment to free speech!

[1] John Stone, 'Re: Measles cases at highest point since 2006 as outbreaks continue to spread', https://www.bmj.com/content/366/bmj.l5141/rr-1

[2] Jacqui Wise, 'MMR vaccine: Johnson urges new impetus to increase uptake as UK loses measles-free status', BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5219 (Published 20 August 2019)

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 August 2019
John Stone
UK Editor
AgeofAutism.com
London N22