Measles ‘catch-up’ vaccinations for Lincolnshire

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Children across the county will be invited to take the MMR jab to prevent a measles outbreak in Lincolnshire.

Following a number of recent cases, including an epidemic in Swansea, parents of unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated young people will be receiving letters in the coming weeks, asking them to have MMR vaccinations at their GP surgery.

There could be up to 10,000 numbers youngsters countywide who fall into the unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated.

Public Health England and Lincolnshire County Council have reacted to the government’s drive to run a catch-up campaign for 10 to 16-year-olds.

GPs have been contacted and asked to identify patients who have not had the two doses of MMR needed to be fully protected against measles.

Dr Tony Hill, director of public health at the county council, said: “Measles is a very serious and highly infectious illness. The best way to prevent an outbreak in Lincolnshire, is to ensure children and young people have had both doses of the MMR vaccine that they need.

“GPs will be writing to parents of those aged 10 to 16, as this age group has a low take-up of the vaccine and has seen an increase in cases of measles as a result. However, if anyone is unsure if they have been vaccinated we strongly urge them to ask their General Practitioner.

“If you have chosen not to have the vaccination for yourself or your child in the past, it’s not too late to change your mind and have it now. Vaccinations are safe and effective.”

The catch-up vaccination programme aims to vaccinate as many young people as possible before the new school year starts in September.

The council says even children who have had measles in the past should still have the MMR vaccine.