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Measles cases still high as MMR scheme kicks in

Measles cases still high as MMR scheme kicks in

Measles cases still high as MMR scheme kicks in

Cases of measles in England are at the highest recorded levels for almost a decade, with 1,168 confirmed cases between January and May this year.

Cases in May declined, with 188 cases compared to 299 in April, suggesting that the MMR catch-up programme is beginning to make an impact.

Figures released by Public Health England (PHE) show that around 56,000 10-16 year olds in England have received their first dost of vaccine in the catch up programme. A similar amount of partially vaccinated children have also received an extra dose of MMR.

Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at PHE said: “Thanks to the hard work of local health teams we are making good progress towards the 95% target, but there still remains a large number of 10-16 year olds, together with many younger children and adults who are under-vaccinated.

“The programme will continue until we reach as many children as possible in the age groups most affected.”

PHE estimates that around 120,000 extra 10-16 year olds need to have their first MMR doses to reach 95% uptake of the first dose.

Most GP practices (95%) have ordered extra vaccine and more than 200,000 extra doses of MMR vaccine have been delivered.

To ensure as many children are vaccinated as possible, the need for a school based programme is being actively considered for the next academic year.

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