DoH launches measles vaccination roadshow

A roadshow designed to increase measles vaccination rates in England is being launched this month by the DoH.

A government survey found that over 90% of parents know that vaccination is the best way to protect against measles.

However, over 2 million children in England have missed either one or both of their MMR vaccinations and are at risk of developing measles.

The ‘Measles: Is your child safe?' roadshow will visit measles hotspots. Parents will be able to talk to health professionals about measles and other childhood illness and the most effective ways to prevent them.

Professor David Salisbury, director of immunisation at the DoH, said: ‘The number of cases of measles is on the increase and we need to warn all parents about the potential dangers of this infection. They need to be aware that if their child is not immunised and comes into contact with a child infected with measles, there is around a 90% chance they will catch measles.'

The roadshow will visit Brighton, Guildford, Ipswich, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Norwich, Nottingham, Reading, Rotherham, Slough and Warrington.

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

 


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