Kent nurse calls for ‘compulsory vaccinations’

A Kent nurse believes that ‘vaccinations should be compulsory’ because of the risk that comes with not being vaccinated.

There has been a lot of discussion around the subject recently, with the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock telling the BBC that he is looking at ‘all options’ to increase vaccination levels in England.

Katy Gullu, a nurse from Gravesend, feels that it is incredibly important for everyone who can, to get vaccinated, as they combat a variety of diseases.

She said: “I can’t stress the importance of vaccinations enough.

“Not only have they already helped to eradicate diseases such as smallpox and polio but provide herd immunity for those who are unable to get inoculated for medical reasons.

“This is why I feel vaccinations should be compulsory, as without them people risk very serious illness and at times even death.”

As of 2018, statistics from the NHS showed that child vaccination levels have fallen for the past four years, with only 91.2% of two year olds receiving the vaccine, down from 92.3% in 2015.

Although only 91.2% of children up to the age of two have received the MMR, over 95% have been inoculated by age five in the UK.

It is important that over 95% have been vaccinated, as this is the threshold set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in order for a disease to be deemed eliminated.

Although the UK has met the threshold, Public Health England (PHE) are still working to maintain vaccination levels.

Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at PHE, said: “We will continue to see measles cases in unvaccinated individuals and are monitoring the situation carefully, with people who have not had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine being particularly at risk.

“We want to remind people that measles is not just a disease of young children and most of the cases this year have been in people over the age of 15.

“Adults or parents who are unsure if they or their children have been fully vaccinated should check with their GP and make an appointment to receive 2 doses of MMR vaccine.”