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Thousands at risk of measles

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: August 05, 2013

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PARENTS whose children have not had the MMR jab are being targeted in a bid to cut the risk of a measles outbreak. 

 

The campaign is specificially aimed at 10 to 16-year-olds whose parents may have avoided the MMR amid claims it was linked to autism. Thousands of chil- dren may not be protected.

The concerns sparked outrage around 13 years ago but the claims have since been discredited.

Letters are now being sent offering the jab to children - and parents are being urged not to ignore the offer.

Around 3,900 in this age group in Staffordshire have not had any MMR vaccinations and, as these children are at greatest risk, they are being targeted first as part of a national summer MMR catch-up programme.

A further 4,000 have had one dose. The full vaccine, which protects against mumps, measles and rubella is administered in two doses.

Councillor Robbie Marshall, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We do not have an outbreak of measles in Staffordshire, but we have seen from the cases in South Wales how quickly these can occur.

Latest figures show there was one case being in Staffordshire.

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