A disturbing claim from one public health official is proving to be very controversial regarding vaccines and the school system. Children who haven't had the MMR jab should be banned from schools, according to a leading doctor.
Dr Sohail Bhatti, a director of one of the largest health trusts in Britain, said the draconian measure was the only way to ensure higher uptake of the vaccine.
Since the MMR scare more than 12 years ago the number of children receiving the combined jab for measles, mumps and rubella has fallen by a third in some parts of the country.
Dr Bhatti, director of public health at East Lancashire Primary Care Trust, said parents had a "responsibility" to ensure their children were immunized.
Dr Bhatti, a GP who has advised several PCTs on public health initiatives, is now trying to negotiate school admission changes with Lancashire County Council to include the jab amongst the criteria.
He said: 'If you like it's a radical idea, but I feel an appropriate suggestion for East Lancashire is that we change nurseries and schools admission policies so parents realise they have a due diligence responsibility for not infecting their children and their friends' children.
Critics insist that nobody under any circumstances has the right or power to vaccinate a children against your their will and conviction for the purposes of attending school. There are typically no federal laws on vaccinations in North America or Europe.
Dr. Mercola suggests:
In all your contacts with any member of the school, public health, or legal establishment, always remain calm, courteous, and humbly reverent toward their position. You are only asking of them that which the law duty binds them to give you. There is no reason, or advantage, to be gained by antagonizing them.
Most of these officials believe they are discharging their trust as outlined by law. If they are overstepping the law, then you must very diplomatically bring the true facts to their attention, but without attempting to belittle them.
The more you can preserve their ego, the more easily and quickly you are likely to get what you desire - a waiver of immunization.
Dr Bhatti stated that 'we have a responsibility to ensure children are immunized.'
'There has been a huge problem nationally with the take up of the jab since the Wakefield scare.
'Often its the well-educated parents who are not getting their children vaccinated.
'They're worried about the side effects.
'At worse rubella and measles can cause brain damage.
'I'm not saying vaccination should be obligatory. But at the very least parents should have a duty to inform schools, nurseries and doctors if they have decided not to have it.'
Fears over the MMR jab were first raised in 1998 when Dr Wakefield published a study in the highly respected Lancet medical journal claiming it was linked to autism and bowel disorders.
In some parts of the country just 59 percent of children have been vaccinated, compared to 91 percent in 1997.