School gates may be a "breeding ground for harmful myths" about vaccines, said the NHS England's chief executive, calling for a zero-tolerance approach to misinformation about their alleged dangers.

Simon Stevens said it was often the parents who did their best to learn more about the impact of vaccines on their children, who might be cheated by "false news".

"In this way, the doors of the school itself can be fertile ground for harmful myths to spread, spread, and end up contaminating the parents' judgment," he writes in the Daily Mail.

"It is unacceptable that parents' efforts and anxiety to make the right decision for their children are compromised by deliberate misinformation."

Stevens has supported the efforts of Internet companies to prioritize information on vaccine safety and its usefulness, and to censor information about suspected risks.

"Because parents are often inspired by moms and dads, we need a zero tolerance approach to disinformation, while the government's strategy to improve immunization levels will help stimulate action," he said. -he declares.

Last month, experts expressed concern over the drop in the number of routine childhood vaccinations in England.

The United Kingdom has recently lost measles-free status due to declining MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination rates. But recently published figures have also shown a more widespread loss of confidence in vaccinations.

At the age of 12 months, 24 months and five years, vaccination rates against 13 different diseases, including whooping cough, diphtheria and meningitis, had declined sharply.

The confidence in MMR's jab seemed to have dropped at least in part because of the misinformation of social media and alarmist stories. Andrew Wakefield's discredited claims that vaccination was linked to autism in 1998 continue to be widely disseminated.

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