People who believe the myths spread by anti-vaccine campaigners “are absolutely wrong”, England’s top doctor has said.
Prof Dame Sally Davies said the MMR vaccine was safe and had been given to millions of children worldwide but uptake was currently “not good enough”.
In England, 87% of children receive two doses but the target is 95%.
The chief medical officer urged parents to get their children vaccinated and ignore “social media fake news”.
Her comments come on the 30th anniversary of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine being introduced in the UK.