Should Immunization Be Compulsory?

The Guardian
June 3, 2009

A former chairman of the British Medical Association is calling for the MMR jab to be made compulsory. Sir Sandy Macara – who has submitted a motion for debate at the BMA’s annual conference – argues that children should not be allowed to attend school unless they have had the MMR vaccine.

Macara believes that Britain should follow the example of Australia and Germany, which require mandatory immunisation for school entry. The idea, the BBC Today programme reports, has found favour with the London Strategic Health Authority, which asked the government if it could introduce compulsory vaccinations. The government decided vaccination should remain voluntary.

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