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16 September 2019


Boris Johnson orders action to stop measles spread

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is ordering urgent action to ensure that children and young people in Britain are protected against measles.

Axar.az reports citing foreign media that the disease can be stopped through two doses of the MMR vaccine, but immunization rates have been falling for a number of reasons.

And the UK has lost its measles-free status, three years after the virus was eliminated in the country.

In the first quarter of 2019, there were 231 confirmed cases in the UK.

The prime minister announced that:

  • GPs are being asked to promote catch-up vaccinations for children who may have missed out on both doses
  • Social media companies are being urged to quash misleading anti-vaccine messages
  • The firms will be invited to a summit to explore how they can better promote accurate vaccination information
  • The government will also use the NHS website to address misleading claims about the safety of vaccines
Date
2019.08.19 / 20:32
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