On Thursday 14th of February, the Southend-West MP raised the issue of falling vaccination rates in the UK.
Sir David wanted to raise this important issue to ensure that people in the United Kingdom remain protected against preventable diseases.
Worryingly, a report published by the Royal Society for Public Health, found that half of all new parents have been exposed to anti-vaccine false information on social media. Thankfully, Britain still has a high vaccination rate of 92%. However, there was a fall in vaccinations last year and action needs to be taken to ensure that parents are fully informed of the benefits of vaccination.
Sir David asked the Leader of the House, “Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on the falling number of children being vaccinated against preventable illnesses? For whatever reason, there seems to be a loss of confidence among parents in some of these vaccinations. It is certainly a matter that needs addressing”
The Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom, replied: “My hon. Friend raises a very important point, as he always does. After clean water, vaccination is the most effective public health measure, protecting children and adults against diseases that can cause serious harm. Confidence in the vaccine programme remains high, and parents routinely have their children vaccinated. However, my hon. Friend is right that there has been a small decline, and we are working to address that, as outlined in the NHS long-term plan. There is absolutely no complacency, and we will continue to work to ensure that children get the vaccinations they need”