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Parents asked to review vaccinations after measles outbreak in Europe



PARENTS are encouraged to ensure that their children are up to date after a measles outbreak in Europe.
Around 480 five-year-olds in the county did not have their two recommended measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines, according to figures for the past year.

The data shows that only 92 percent of Worcestershire children who were five years old received their jabs.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control warns that areas where less than 95 percent of the population have been vaccinated have an increased risk of measles outbreaks.

Helen Donovan, the Royal College of Nursing's professional health officer, said, "Measles are extremely contagious, especially where large crowds gather at festivals or in cities.

"Thanks to the vaccine, it has become increasingly rare in the UK, but the recent increase in infection rates shows that we can not be complacent.

"The MMR vaccine is free and the vaccine is quick and easy ̵

1; appointments with your practice nurse take only a few minutes."

She urged people to make sure their vaccines are up to date by contacting their family doctor.

In the UK, babies usually receive the first MMR jab within one month of turning around, while the second is usually given after the third birthday.

Children who miss their vaccinations can still get them free on the NHS.

The number of measles cases in the UK this year is already three times higher than in 2017.


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