Readers will remember getting ‘the jag’ after queuing nervously, in some cases, tearfully, with their Primary school chums back in the day when the needles were surely bigger. I don’t remember anybody saying you could choose not to have it. We’d have been out of that door!
Anyhow, the Herald warns us today:
‘Vaccination rates are falling in the West, and immunisation for measles is now mandatory in 12 European countries, including France and Italy. Measles is on the rise in Britain too. So should we follow suit? Should compulsory vaccination be the norm? The UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has already said that he’s “looking very seriously” at compulsory vaccination for school children. Figures show that childhood immunisation rates are dropping across Scotland, and the rest of the UK.’
Wait a minute! This jagged my memory. What about:
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. This means that even those who have had the MMR twice remain vulnerable because of a lack of ‘herd immunity’ due to so many not having had it and then spreading it.
In Scotland the rate is 97% and has been so for 10 years.
On behalf of the poor wee health correspondents at Reporting Scotland Down and at the Herald, I’ve searched and searched for evidence of a Norovirus ‘crisis’ in NHS Scotland. It’s just not there. Even Miles Briggs can’t seem to find any for them and if he can’t no one can.
You’ll see above and in several other MSM reports on NHS England and Wales, that Norovirus is rampant in many hospitals. In one case, the response was a dramatic ‘black alert’:
‘It comes as bosses at Royal Cornwall Hospital was forced to book hotel rooms for patients as space on the wards began running out. Details of the “extraordinary action” were revealed in a briefing note provided to Cornwall councillors by the hospital trust’s chief exec Kate Shields last week. Staff were ordered to reserve ten rooms at local hotels after the hospital declared an OPEL 4 status – previously known as “black alert” – on January 5.’
Note: Last one tongue in cheek. Oh, make sure it’s your own cheek!
The rate of completion of the primary six/five-in-one vaccine course in 2018 by:
- 12 months of age was 95.9%, compared to 96.6% for the five-in-one vaccine in 2017
- 24 months of age was 97.4%, compared to 97.6% for the five-in-one vaccine in 2017
Rates from 2011 to 2017 had been around 97% and 98% at 12 and 24 months respectively. Rates at both ages have been decreasing over the last five years.
Readers: Who knows about herd immunity (in humans!)? How worrying is only 95.9%?