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Measles warning

31st August 2007

An unexpectedly high number of cases of measles have been reported over the summer.


Parents are now being warned to ensure their children have had vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella.

The Health Protection Agency has recorded 480 cases of measles so far this year and there is growing concern at the number of cases.

HPA immunisation expert Dr Mary Ramsay said: “We’ve been very worried because the cases have stayed up over the summer holidays. We’ve had quite a few cases in children of school age and we’re worried those cases are going to take themselves into school when term starts soon.

“Although the numbers are still small, compared to the history of measles, we’re always worried about measles because very rarely it can kill. We hadn't had any deaths from measles since the early 1990s but unfortunately we had one death last year and we don’t want any more.?

In the past measles caused on average 20 deaths a year, but there is nervousness among health officials about the growing numbers - particularly in the east and south-east of England, Yorkshire and Humberside and London - which could see 2007 top a 10-year high in the UK.

Doctors want parents to support the MMR vaccine against measles mumps and rubella, which is given in the national immunisation programme to children at 12-15 months and at four.

There has been concern over the jab since research raised questions over it with MMR coverage dropping in the late 1990s, though uptake levels are rising again.


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