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Measles cases rise following MMR scare

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Parents are being urged to get their children immunised with MMR before they return to school this September, following a jump in measles cases over recent weeks.

Parents are being urged to get their children immunised with MMR before they return to school this September, following a jump in measles cases over recent weeks.

The Health Protection Agency said there had been 480 confirmed cases of measles in the UK so far this year, to compared to a provisional total of 756 cases during the whole of 2006.

Although recovering from media scare stories, MMR uptake in children starting school is still only 88% for one dose and 74% for two.

HPA consultant epidemiologist Mary Ramsay said: 'Parents should think about adding the MMR vaccine to their back to school 'to do' list.'

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