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Barnsley Measles Jab Push

Monday April 2 2012

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HEALTH chiefs in Barnsley are doing a push to get more children to have the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jab after an outbreak in Merseyside.

NHS Barnsley believes that many local children - aged between 12 and 19-year-old - might not be fully immunised because they haven't had both parts of the jab.

The first dose of MMR vaccine is normally given around the age of 13 months and the second between the ages of 3 and 4 years, before a child goes to school.

Anita Dobson, public health specialist for NHS Barnsley, said: “MMR is safe, effective and reliable, however two doses are required to give full immunity against the serious diseases of measles, mumps and rubella.

"Measles and mumps are spread through close contact and can be particularly rife amongst young people living and socialising together. Following a recent outbreak of measles in Merseyside it has never been more important to get protected against all three diseases.”

Parents can check their child’s vaccination status by contacting their GP practice.

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Reply Posted by Ailujhemingway on Monday April 2 2012 at 09:31
My children are fully immunized. There are too many families relying on herd immunity these days and this is why these outbreaks happen. Measles is a serious illness which should not be taken lightly. There is still so much stigma attached to the mmr and there was A steep decline in immunization uptake following the wakefield trial which wrongly published notions that the vaccine increased the risk of autism. This is totally out proved by numerous clinical trials and "dr" Wakefield was removed from practicing medicine in the uk on the back of it. I believe he now practices in canada but has conducted no further trials as to his very dodgy findings from the first ( very biased) trial. The best advice to give would be "immunize your children!" on a better late than never ideation. Let's rid our kids of these terrible diseases once and for all!

Reply Posted by claire on Tuesday April 24 2012 at 10:57
my lil lads got his last lot ov needles 2moro pre school booster n he,s not ryt happy abart it but it needs 2 b dun x

Reply Posted by Caroline. S. on Tuesday April 24 2012 at 11:16
have all the 'jabs' you can - I think I was the last person on the country to have the Small Pox jab!

Reply Posted by Cyntheverett on Tuesday April 24 2012 at 21:18
I saw a programme about 2 toddlers that weren't immunised, both caught measles,( the Mums were friends), and both nearly lost the battle against this disease. It was quite distressing to see how ill the little girls were.