Families in North Yorkshire Urged to Protect Children With MMR
10:16am 16th April 2013
Cases of measles reported across England and Wales continue to be at the highest levels seen since 2004 and parents are being encouraged to take action.
In line with trends across the country, the number of cases of measles is rising in North Yorkshire, York and the Humber. Since the beginning of January 2013, 80 suspected cases of measles have been reported across the area (28 of which have been laboratory confirmed). By comparison, 29 suspected cases of the disease were reported in the same area between January and March the previous year, 2012 (none of which were laboratory confirmed).
In response, public health experts are urging parents in North Yorkshire to ensure their children have received two doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Dr Lincoln Sargeant,Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire, said: “Despite the recent national increase across the UK, overall measles is now relatively rare because a safe and effective vaccination – the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) – protects against it. However, those who have not had an MMR jab, or who have only had one dose, can still be vulnerable to the virus. Being vaccinated is very important, not just to protect individuals, but also to stop the virus from spreading in the community and potentially seriously affecting others.”
Measles is a highly infectious illness, he adds which spreads very easily through direct contact with an infected person, or through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Dr Sargeant added: “It is important that all children receive two doses of the MMR vaccine to ensure they are fully protected from the disease. MMR vaccination can be given later on if missed at the scheduled ages.
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