Well, not quite but he didn’t help the situation.
I chaired the Health & Public Services Committee yesterday and the state of London’s measles vaccinations levels became clear. Not good news, on average we have only got 70% coverage of the under twos, against a national average of 84%, to properly protect against an epidemic we need over 90%.
This could translate onto 10,000 people contracting measles. While measles is not the most dangerous of infections it shouldn’t be ignored, it can cause hospitalisation and is entirely preventable.
The MMR and autism scare story did immunisation levels a lot of harm, it was at this point that politicians should have shown some guts, Tony Blair was particularly weak. Reinforcing the irrational fear of science by refusing to say if he had chosen the triple MMR jab or not undoubtedly reduced the take up rate.