Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Measles outbreak warning as parents shun MMR vaccine

  • Comment
The HPA (Health Protection Agency) has blamed a measles outbreak in England and Wales on the public's reluctance to expose their children to the controversial MMR vaccine

Their fears are based on reports - dismissed by health authorities as groundless - of an apparent link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism.

The HPA has reported a 36% rise in cases of measles in 2008 compared with 2007, from 990 to 1,348.

Says HPA immunisation expert Dr Mary Ramsay said: "The year-on-year increase of measles across England and Wales is very worrying.

"Measles should not be taken lightly, as you can never tell who will go on to develop the more serious complications of pneumonia and encephalitis.

"This is why it's incredibly important to remember that measles isn't a harmless childhood disease, and that it is never too late to get your child immunised with the MMR vaccine."

Data shows 112 cases in babies under one, 265 in those aged between one and three-and-a-half, 432 in children aged from three years seven months to 11 and 286 in youngsters aged 12 to 18.

The World Health Organisation says 95% of children need to be vaccinated to ensure herd immunity.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.