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Primary care nurses' MMR drive aims to tackle Cheshire measles outbreak

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Primary care nurses are taking part in a mass MMR catch-up campaign in Cheshire in a bid to halt an outbreak of measles.

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.

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  • From talking to many parents over the years I feel that this could have been avoided if a separate vaccination schedule had been offered to parents who are affraid of the combined MMR vaccine and the DPT vaccine

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  • I feel that it is the responsibilty of all Practice Nurses/HV's & GP's to move away from the idea of singular vaccines and support the campaign more by informing parents & guardians of the safety of newer vaccines.

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