Unite/CPHVA opposes compulsory MMR jabs for children

Health visitors are opposed to a proposal to make the MMR immunisation mandatory for young children.

Unite/CPHVA has rejected a call by former BMA chairman Sir Sandy Macara for children under five to be compulsorily immunised with the MMR injections against measles, mumps and rubella.

Cheryll Adams, Unite's lead professional officer, strategy and practice development, said: ‘We believe that the NHS is about choice, therefore we think that Sir Sandy's MMR motion to be debated at this month's BMA conference would be incompatible with that principle.

‘Instead, Unite/CPHVA believes that employing more health visitors and community nurses would provide the enhanced coverage necessary by healthcare professionals to explain to parents that MMR is a vital defence against these diseases which can either kill or cause serious disability.

‘Educating parents, not coercion, is the best way forward.'

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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