Children To Be Denied Education If Not Vaccinated

UK Lawmaker Seeks to Deny Education to Children Who Aren’t Vaccinated

September 24, 2008

British Labour MP Mary Creagh has proposed forbidding school enrollment to children who have not received the full course of childhood vaccines, turning the current recommendations compulsory.

Writing in the magazine of the Fabian Society, Creagh said that the United Kingdom should use the same sanctions as the United States to make vaccines compulsory, and that schools should be required to verify that all children enrolled have been vaccinated.

In the same issue, public health expert Sir Sandy Macara said that children should not be allowed to receive health benefits unless they are vaccinated.

Vaccination rates have dropped in the United Kingdom recently, after research emerged suggesting that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) might be linked to autism. While below the government’s target level of 95 percent, 85 percent of children still receive the MMR vaccine.

Both Creagh and Macara said that compulsory vaccination would serve the public good, pushing the United Kingdom toward the 95 percent vaccinated threshold at which incidence of a virus drops so low that the general population acquires a “herd immunity.”

The chair of the British Medical Association, Dr. Hamish Meldrum, blasted the plan as “morally and ethically dubious.”

“A Stalinist approach like this would be likely to backfire on an unprecedented scale and increase opposition to vaccinations,” he said.

“It’s only six months since a big public consultation by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics which we contributed to and they concluded there was no reason to change the voluntary system,” said Jackie Fletcher of the organization Jabs.

“At the same time as this was published in the UK, there was a huge furor in the United States as parents were threatened with hefty fines and jail unless they vaccinated their children before entry into school,” she said. “Is this really the direction we want to go in?”

The government responded to Creagh and Macara’s articles by saying that it has no plans to make vaccination compulsory.


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“…after research emerged suggesting that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) might be linked to autism.


Comment by nichole

A petition to the Prime Minister requesting that vaccination remain voluntary is at the UK government website –

Comment by Thomas Nichols

Is the UK the new China?? If the Government had ever listened and realised that people might vaccinate if they could have the single vaccines, they might not have that problem. Instead they tried to bully us. I have a friend with a seriously damaged child as a result of vaccine. He was completely normal until a week after his MMR when he started convulsing. Did I vaccinate? No. One of my child has had measles and german measles. He suffered no more than having chickenpox, in fact less. He has fantastic immunity and no allergic reactions to anything, another side effect of vaccination for everything. Measles can be damaging but normally when linked to certain mineral deficiencies. I read all the scientific reports (I studied Chemistry at University specialising in organic synthesis used in making new drugs), weighed up the risks and decided that as only a 3in1 vaccine was available, the risks of damage from the vaccine were greater, and I couldnt live with that. But as for the Government considering enforcing it, mass home schooling, here we come. On saying that, what better way to cut public spending!!

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