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Views towards compulsory MMR vaccination in the UK
  1. Benjamin Gardner,
  2. John McAteer,
  3. Anna Davies,
  4. Susan Michie
  1. Centre for Outcomes Research and Effectiveness, Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Health Behaviour Research Centre, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, 1-19 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HB, UK; b.gardner{at}

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Annual increments in measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination coverage in England have halted, with uptake rates (mean 85%) remaining below the 95% rate needed for herd immunity.1 Some commentators have called for vaccination to be made compulsory, or otherwise heavily incentivised. Two schemes were recently debated in the UK press: MMR vaccination as a requirement for school entry (a form of “compulsory vaccination”),2 or the withholding of welfare payments from parents of non-vaccinated children (“incentivised vaccination”).3

Intervention effectiveness is partly determined by acceptability among target populations. We explored views towards these two schemes among (A) parents of …

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