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Measles surge not due to vaccine failure

19th September 2008

The Health Protection Agency has said research shows that rising measles cases are due to "falling immunisation rates and [are] not a failure of the MMR vaccine".

Between 2002 and 2007 1,794 cases of the disease were found by the HPA in children who "were eligible" for the MMR vaccine. Dr George Kassianos, RCGP immunisation spokesperson, said: 'The Department of Health announced a catch-up campaign but GPs haven’t heard exactly how it’s going to be run...many GPs do not know what’s happening - it’s important there is no delay."


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