DoH urges teenagers to receive MMR jab

A third of 16-18-year-olds do not believe that measles, mumps or rubella can affect them yet nearly a quarter do not even know if they have had the MMR vaccination, according to the DoH.

Health Protection Agency data show that mumps is not uncommon within this age group, with 2,224 confirmed cases reported amongst 15-19-year-olds in England and Wales between January and November 2009.

The DoH survey of 1,001 16-18-year-olds also revealed a variety of reasons for teenagers missing the jab, from nearly a quarter (23%) saying they were afraid of needles to 10% citing a dislike of going to the doctor.

The biggest health worry is STIs, with 56% saying they are most concerned about this issue.

Professor David Salisbury, DoH immunisation director, said: ‘Many young people feel that they are not in danger of catching, measles, mumps and rubella, yet because older teenagers will be among those who were not routinely offered the MMR vaccination in childhood, we are seeing a high number of cases, particularly of mumps, within this age group.

‘It is a concern that so many are unsure about whether they've been vaccinated and I would encourage them to seek advice from their practice nurse or GP. It is never too late to have the MMR vaccine and protect yourself and others.'

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

A day in the life of a prison GP

A day in the life of a prison GP

Dr Patrick Staite tells GP Jobs what it is like to work as a prison GP.

GP practice list size up nearly 50% since 2004 contract

GP practice list size up nearly 50% since 2004 contract

The average GP practice list in England has increased by almost half since the new...

Fresh calls to scrap Capita contract as more cervical screening failures emerge

Fresh calls to scrap Capita contract as more cervical screening failures emerge

The BMA has renewed calls for NHS England to strip Capita of its primary care support...

Cost-effectiveness of GP at Hand 'challenging' to assess, interim report warns

Cost-effectiveness of GP at Hand 'challenging' to assess, interim report warns

The cost-effectiveness of the Babylon GP at Hand service will be difficult to determine...

How we improved end-of-life care in our practice

How we improved end-of-life care in our practice

Dr Victoria Middleton explains how her practice has increased the number of patients...

12,000-patient practice forced to close after service charge hike

12,000-patient practice forced to close after service charge hike

A 12,000-patient GP practice in Nottinghamshire has been forced to hand back its...