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Labour rejects compulsory jabs idea

Labour has insisted it has no plans for compulsory vaccinations for children after an MP raised the prospect that youngsters could be banned from school unless they have had all their jabs.

According to reports, the plan is being considered by Mary Creagh, who is in charge of drawing up the public health section of Labour's election manifesto.

Under the proposals, primary schools would be compelled to demand proof that children had been given the full range of inoculations - including measles, mumps and rubella - before they could register.

Ms Creagh said "We have vaccination rates as low as 11% in parts of London. We need to get our rates up to 95%, as recommended by the World Health Organization. This is about health inequalities and poor areas where children are getting missed out."

She added: "There would have to be exceptions, children who would be at risk from vaccines, like those with cancer or those who are HIV-positive and those with parents with strong religious beliefs."

But a party spokesman said: "Labour has no plans to introduce compulsory vaccination for children."

The idea was also strongly condemned by British Medical Association chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum, who said it was "morally and ethically dubious".

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