Health Protection Agency urges GPs to remind parents of MMR jab importance

GPs must continue to remind parents about the importance of children having both doses of the MMR jab.

Photograph: istockphoto/István Csák

This year, there have been 1,049 confirmed cases of measles in England and Wales up to the end of October, the highest since new reporting methods were introduced in 1995.

The HPA said that the first priority for practices should be identifying patients who have not received any doses of MMR and inviting them for vaccination.

‘After this, primary school children who have received a single dose of MMR vaccine should be called, followed by those of secondary school age,’ the HPA said. ‘Young adults over 18 years who are leaving school to go to higher education should also be targeted, he added. ‘It is never too late to get vaccinated.’

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