Measles: British schools could face outbreaks, health officials warn

Health officials have admitted they are growing increasingly “worried” about the spread of the disease, which is now at its highest level for almost two decades in England and Wales. This is from the Telegraph…

More than a million children and teenagers are to be targeted in a national catch-up vaccination campaign aimed at curbing a rise in measles cases in England.

Medical experts warned that while levels were not at “epidemic” levels “yet”, they urged parents to get their children vaccinated to prevent outbreaks spreading in schools.

Prof David Salisbury, director of immunisation at the Department of Health, said: “If you think your child has not had one or even two doses of MMR, for goodness sake contact your GP and get it sorted out.”

Dr Mary Ramsay, Public Health England’s (PHE) head of immunisation, said there was particular concern about the potential for measles outbreaks in schools in London, the South and East of England where MMR vaccination rates have not been historically as high as other areas in the north of the country.

“We have this legacy of older children who were not vaccinated as toddlers and these young people are now secondary school age,” she told the Today programme. “So they are now at the position where they can spread infection very effectively.

“Our concern is that we have a potential for school outbreaks in many areas of the country – probably the areas most likely to be affected would be London and the South and East of the country where we know that the historical coverage was not as high as it was in the northern parts of the country.”

She added: “We are worried but this is not some sort of epidemic yet, we have not got a national spread.

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