Pupils who aren’t up to date with their vaccinations could be banned from school, as health ministers plan a crackdown on the spread of preventable diseases.
Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has urged parents to “take responsibility” and make sure their child is fully vaccinated before starting school, in a bid to stop diseases spreading.
In Britain, children are offered 13 routine injections by the NHS between birth and the age of five. The falling number of families opting to take part in the vaccination programme has prompted an investigation about whether they should become compulsory.
This summer the UK lost its ‘measles-free’ status after the disease, which can be prevented with a course of injections, made a comeback.