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Expert explains why making MMR vaccine compulsory might not be a good idea

15 March 2019 The Project - TV3

An expert on immunisation says making vaccinations compulsory in New Zealand may not be a good idea.

Immunisation Advisory Centre director Dr Nikki Turner told The Project that, in fact, there’s plenty of evidence that voluntary vaccinations for the general public are the best way to control infectious diseases like mumps, measles and rubella.

“The data would show that countries that have it compulsory… a lot of them get lower coverage than us [in New Zealand],” Dr Turner said.

Indeed, a study carried out between 2007 and 2013 across Europe found no link between compulsory vaccination and childhood immunisation rates.

Watch the interview here: