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."

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