“After a period of progress where we were once able to declare Britain measles free, we’ve now seen hundreds of cases of measles in the UK this year. One case of this horrible disease is too many, and I am determined to step up our efforts to tackle its spread,” the prime minister, who will visit a hospital on Monday to announce his plans, said.
Matt Hancock, the health secretary, will unveil a wider strategy around vaccination uptake later this year, Downing Street added.
Mr Hancock has previously refused to rule out mandatory vaccinations or stopping unvaccinated children from attending school – a policy adopted by Italy earlier this year in a bid to improve its low uptake.
Outbreaks have been reported in Manchester, Kent and areas of London already this year, prompting Public Health England to publicly appeal to parents to make sure babies are taken for their first MMR jab – usually around their first birthday – and the second dose before starting school.
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