Not enough children are being vaccinated. False information on vaccination leads to many children going without, meaning over a thousand young children around Kent currently aren’t protected from measles, mumps and rubella. Fake news across social media is believed to be the cause of people not wanting to vaccinate their children.
In Medway in particular, only 86% of people have had their MMR jab, despite the World Health Organisations target for 95% of people across the UK to ideally be vaccinated in order to prevent the spread of such diseases.
However, the number is in fact decreasing, the population of young children vaccinated against MMR has dropped from 87.5% in 2017 to just 86.3% in 2018. As a result of this, there were up to three times more cases of measles in 2018.
A local Canterbury resident had the following to say when voicing her opinion on vaccinations:
“At Secondary School I opted out of taking vaccines as my family didn’t agree with it.”
“My simplistic viewpoint is that these vaccines aren’t natural so shouldn’t really be in my body”
A lot of people on social media had a few things to say opposing this viewpoint.