As you know, there is an increasing number of measles cases being reported and local outbreaks occurring in parts of England. Teenagers are the group most affected by the current outbreaks. This is because many of them missed out on their MMR vaccinations in the late 1990s and early 2000s when the vaccine was mistakenly linked to cases of autism.
Children and young adults of all ages are susceptible if they have not had two doses of the MMR vaccine, which is offered routinely by the NHS in childhood. Public Health England is working with the local NHS and local authorities in West Yorkshire to encourage vaccination.
We need your help
We have produced a flier describing the disease and the benefits of the MMR vaccination: http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/measles
It answers some common questions about measles and the vaccine. Please can you add this link to any newsletter, website, social media or other ways you communicate with your parents/guardians and pupils to make them aware of the signs and symptoms of measles. Please can you also take any opportunities to encourage vaccination of children and young adults. It’s never too late for children and young adults to receive the vaccine if they are not fully immunised. The MMR is free on the NHS and is available from family GPs.
Dr Rona Daniels, Screening and Immunisation Lead, NHS England, West Yorkshire Area Team
If you would like any further information please contact:
Helen Heaton, Kirklees Council - Communications and Marketing