Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said he "wouldn't rule out anything" when asked whether unvaccinated children should be banned from schools.

Speaking on Talk Radio, Mr Hancock said the UK was "not there yet" when it came to issuing a ban, as has happened in US states, France and Italy.

A ban on unvaccinated children in public places in Rockland County, New York, which has experienced a measles outbreak, was put on hold earlier this month after parents challenged the decision.

But last week, a Brooklyn judge upheld an emergency order which said people living in certain parts of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, must get vaccinated amid a measles outbreak there.

Mr Hancock was speaking on Julia Hartley-Brewer's breakfast show after new figures from Unicef showed that over half a million children in the UK were unvaccinated against measles between 2010 and 2017.

He said he was very worried about the issue, adding: "It's a responsibility on everybody to get vaccinated."

Mr Hancock was asked by Ms Hartley-Brewer if he'd consider meeting the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, to discuss "following in the footsteps" of France and the US.

He replied: "I wouldn't rule out anything but I don't think we're there yet.

Earlier, Mr Hancock said the rise in people not vaccinating had to be tackled, and that he was "particularly worried" about the spread of anti-vaccination messages online.

Its report showed that an estimated 169 million children around the world missed out on the first dose of the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017, an average of 21.1 million a year.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said: "Getting yourself and your children vaccinated against killer diseases is essential to staying healthy, and vaccine rejection is a serious and growing public health timebomb.

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