The MMR vaccination campaign, run by Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT, will see primary care nurses immunising 10,534 unprotected children and teenagers across 177 primary schools and 33 secondary schools. The drive started last Wednesday and is expected to be completed by 17 December.
‘We now have 75 reported cases of measles in the area, of which 20 have been confirmed by laboratory testing. Most of the others are also probably measles although we don’t have lab results for them, so this is a large and escalating outbreak,’ said Dr Guy Hayhurst, consultant in public health at the PCT.
‘The only way to halt it in its tracks is by vaccinating children and teenagers who missed out on MMR protection when they were younger,’ he added.