Merseyside MMR vaccine uptake at all time high13th June 2012
A major outbreak of measles on Merseyside has led to an all-time high in MMR vaccine rates in the area.
Figures show that parents have responded to the largest outbreak on Merseyside since 1988 by having their children vaccinated in high numbers.
In Liverpool, 96% of children have had their first dose of MMR vaccine by the age of two and nine children out of 10 had the second dose by age five.
Dr Roberto Vivancos, a consultant in communicable disease control with the HPA’s Cheshire and Merseyside Health Protection Unit (HPU) said: “The response by parents has been extremely encouraging and MMR uptake rates across Merseyside are now the highest they’ve ever been.
“This has been the largest outbreak of measles in the North West since the introduction of MMR vaccine 24 years ago and it has demonstrated just why this vaccine is so important in protecting the public health.
“Parents of young children clearly value the protection, security and peace of mind that MMR vaccine affords, but there remains a pool of older children, teenagers and young adults who are not vaccinated and remain vulnerable to measles, mumps and German measles.”
However, Dr Vivancos issued a warning to teenagers and young adults that if they were not vaccinated as children, they should speak to their GP about getting vaccinated as they remained vulnerable to the three diseases.
Liverpool has also seen recent outbreaks of mumps in further education colleges and universities. For pregnant women, German measles could have consequences for their unborn baby.
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Title: Merseyside MMR vaccine uptake at all time high
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 22125
Date Added: 13th Jun 2012