As England faces deadly measles epidemic leading Scottish academic calls again for hard border

Measles has been virtually wiped-out in the population of Scotland

The MMR immunisation rate in England has fallen for the fourth year in a row to only 87% with in some areas only 67% vaccinated. There have been 230 cases of measles in just the first three months of 2019.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/sep/18/take-up-mmr-vaccine-falls-fourth-year-in-a-row-england-measles#targetText=Data%20from%20NHS%20Digital%20revealed,by%20the%20World%20Health%20Organization.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-49394170#targetText=In%202018%2C%20there%20was%20a,linked%20to%20travel%20in%20Europe.

In Scotland the rate is 97% and has been so for 10 years. There have been 10 cases in Scotland, reported so far in 2019. All have been ‘imported’ from England or beyond.

https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Child-Health/Publications/2019-09-24/2019-09-24-Childhood-Immunisation-Summary.pdf

‘Before vaccination, measles was a very common childhood disease in Scotland and deaths attributable to measles were substantial.’

https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/measles/#targetText=In%202017%2C%20five%20laboratory%20confirmed,case%20of%20measles%20were%20reported.

Scotland is now at risk from County Lines drug gangs, listeria, fracking, FGM and now a deadly measles epidemic. Professor John Robertson, a satisfied regular at NHS Ayrshire facilities, has called for border screening to stop the spread of the deadly measles virus.

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

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