Get vaccinated for measles before trips

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GET your child vaccinated against meales.

That is the warning from health chiefs after figures from the Health Protection Agency reveal that 496 confirmed cases of measles were reported in England and Wales in the period to the end of May this year – including 29 cases in the North West. The new cases are predominantly in children and young adults up to the age of 19 years who were previously unvaccinated.

Dr Sam Ghebrehewet, the HPA’s North West Immunisation Lead, said: “We have seen an increase in measles cases this year, here in the North West and across the country. These have mainly been in children, teenagers and adults who were not previously vaccinated. It is therefore very good news indeed that parents are responding so well and ensuring that their children have the protection that MMR affords.”

A number of the UK cases have been associated with travel abroad and the HPA is strongly advising parents of the importance of vaccination if planning an overseas trip.