Anti-vaccination campaigners are targeting the latest of a growing number of vaccines and urging parents to protect their children from the latest scare.
Read moreDr Sarah Ritchie, chief executive of anti-vaxxers group Parents Against Forced Vaccinations, said the latest outbreak in the UK was the most serious she had seen.
“This is the most dramatic, and we’ve been warning people for a long time that this was a potential pandemic,” she said.
“We’ve been urging people to protect themselves from the vaccine before, but now it’s coming out that it’s really going to be an epidemic.”
Anti-vaccines campaigner Jenny McCarthy said the number of cases was now at the highest level since her anti-GMO activism began.
“Every day, there’s another case of people dying from vaccines.
Every day we see more cases.
This is a major problem and we are going to see more of it,” she told Sky News.”
If we don’t do anything now, it’s going to get worse.”
Dr Ritchie said that the UK had not seen an outbreak in more than a decade.
“It is a crisis.
It’s been over 100 days since the first vaccine went on sale, and there are still hundreds of cases of pertussis in people,” she added.
Dr McCarthy added that the numbers of people with the disease had risen significantly in recent days.
“The numbers of cases have increased significantly, and the overall rise is even higher than we have seen for many months,” she explained.
“There are now 10,000 cases per day in the country, and that is up from just 3,000 per day just over a year ago.”
So it’s not just people who have had the vaccine that have started to be affected.
It is also people who haven’t had the vaccination because of the fear.
“A spokesperson for the Department of Health said that there had been no significant increases in pertussi cases, and urged people to “avoid travel to the UK”.”
We are currently taking steps to reduce the risk of transmission of pertussion to people with health conditions such as asthma, allergies and mental health problems, and are making further steps to support vaccination,” the statement said.