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Health team urges MMR jab after measles outbreak

Thursday January 11 2018




BARNSLEY'S public health team is urging locals to make sure they and their children have had their full course MMR jab after a measles outbreak.

Twenty-eight cases have been confirmed in Leeds, 18 in Liverpool, 13 in Birmingham, seven in Surrey, and four in Manchester. All of the cases have been reported in children and adults who have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine.

A spokesperson said: "Children and young people who have not received two doses of MMR vaccine remain at risk of contracting this infectious disease, and unvaccinated people travelling to Romania, Germany and Italy, where there are currently large outbreaks of measles, are at particularly high risk.

"People are encouraged to ensure they are up to date with their MMR vaccine before travelling to countries with ongoing measles outbreaks. Anyone planning to travel to Europe should check the following travel health advice."

The MMR vaccine is available to all adults and children who are not up to date with their two doses. The public health team says anyone who is not sure if they are fully vaccinated should check with their GP practice.

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