It was only a matter of time before the UK joined in on the Vaccination fear-mongering narrative that has swept the US and Australia over the past few months.
The UK’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock has spoken out against what he describes as ‘fake news’ surrounding vaccines and said he wouldn’t rule out banning all unvaccinated children from school.
This comes in response to decreasing vaccination rates of specifically the MMR Vaccine and the rise in reported Measles cases, however Teaching unions described the idea as a “non-starter”, saying it would be wrong to punish children for their parents’ decision not to vaccinate them, as well as being “unworkable”.
The UK’s state run media organisation the BBC have also begun priming the public to support this narrative with a continual release of articles, programmes and commentary that push the dangers of measles and the lunacy in choosing not to vaccinate.
A few weeks ago we saw Jeremy Vine, one of the UK’s longest standing BBC Television and Radio presenters calling out anti-vaxxers and suggesting that the unvaxxed should have to wear a badge in public to inform people they are not vaccinated. A petition has since been set up to have Vine sacked from the BBC, however, this has backfired as dozens of other state-backed personalities show their support for Jeremy Vine.
What’s interesting is that Jeremy doesn’t appear to know what he’s talking about as we discovered in this phone segment of his popular daytime talk show:
The caller points out that the MMR contains a live virus, which Jeremy Vine incorrectly denies, however a simple bit of research will soon tell you that in fact the MMR Vaccine does contain the live Measles virus – hence people have been proven to of spread the infection following vaccination in the past.
From the CDC Website:
MMR is an attenuated (weakened) live virus vaccine. This means that after injection, the viruses cause a harmless infection in the vaccinated person with very few, if any, symptoms before they are eliminated from the body.
As for the shedding of the virus following Vaccination, well here is the conclusion from a study performed way back in 1995:
Measles virus RNA was detected as early as 1 day or as late as 14 days after vaccination. Measles virus RNA was also detected in the urine samples from all four of the young adults between 1 and 13 days after vaccination.
Never mind the fact that even once you get your MMR vaccine you could still contract and spread the infection anyway:
A person fully vaccinated against measles has contracted the disease and passed it on to others. The startling case study contradicts received wisdom about the vaccine and suggests that a recent swell of measles outbreaks in developed nations could mean more illnesses even among the vaccinated’. [Science Magazine]
Jeremy certainly wont be the last Television personality to shun those who choose not to vaccinate using misinformation and false claims, expect this form of fear mongering propaganda to escalate pretty quick over the coming weeks and months as the UK sets the stage for mandatory vaccinations being rolled out in the future.