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Measles Vaccination Plans After Increase

Thursday April 25 2013


Town Hall Town Hall


IN response to the increase in measles cases in parts of the UK, the council is reminding parents of the importance of having their children vaccinated against measles with the MMR vaccine.

Local data from the Barnsley public health team shows that the borough has been fortunate not to have had an increase in measles cases.

There have been fewer than 10 confirmed cases of measles in the borough in the last three years.

Barnsley has a good uptake of the MMR vaccination - 94% of children received the recommended 2 doses of MMR before their 5th birthday in 2012, compared to 88% nationally.

Sharon Stoltz, acting director of public health for Barnsley, said: “Even though Barnsley has a good uptake of MMR in children under 5, we are concerned that older children may not have been fully vaccinated and are therefore not protected from the disease. We are particularly concerned about children aged between 10 and 16 years who are most at risk."

Plans are being put in place to organise a catch-up campaign for any children in this age group who are not fully vaccinated.

Cllr Jenny Platts, said: “I urge parents of unvaccinated children, teenagers and young adults who have missed out on MMR to contact their GP and ask to be vaccinated. If you're unsure whether you or your child has had 2 doses of the vaccine, speak to your GP who will have a record."

For more information on measles and MMR, click here.

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Reply Posted by les on Friday April 26 2013 at 09:13
None of this would have happened if the government hadnt introduced th triple injection and put the fear of god into people about downs syndrome..why didnt they just keep the 3 seperate injections

Reply Posted by les on Friday April 26 2013 at 09:27
While on the subject of health.
How much has been spent on the survey about having fresh air .ventilation in hospitals to prevent infections...see bbc news.....
This imformation was out in victorian publications...also common in publications during the first world war and also in the second worldwar.......
Tubercolosis was known to be improved by having windows opened in hospitals....
Men in the field had a better survival rate during wars than in hospitals all down to being closed in......
So why do people think today its a very costly new bit of imformation......
And why isnt the nhs implementing something...NOW.
And dont say you cant afford it wit the money it costs to pay these doctors and all the other top end wages. witch comes first .
Health or money

Reply Posted by kc on Monday April 29 2013 at 16:01
For a start the link was made regarding autism and had nothing to do with downs syndrome.
The reason three injections were intoriduced is because it is much safer, seperate vaccinations had an increased rate of infection
The claims were proven to be completely unfounded and the paper suggesting such claims declared fraudulent.
Measles is an EXTREMELY dangerous disease, nothing like German Measles which some people get it mixed up with. It can cause serious complications including severe brain damage - get your kids vaccinated!