Research and debate has taken place suggesting compulsory vaccination may be necessary to counter the resurgence of measles in Britain. Cases tripled last year as infections imported from Europe spread among unvaccinated friends and families. For some, the culprit is clear: social media has allowed a resurgence of anti-vaccination conspiracy theories. Matt Hancock, the health secretary, and Simon Stevens, head of NHS England, have both sounded the alarm, linking online scares to England’s slipping vaccination rates.
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