Poor MMR uptake blamed for rise in measles cases

The number of cases of measles in England and Wales is on the rise, according to latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Photograph: istockphoto/István Csák
Photograph: istockphoto/István Csák

There were 1,348 confirmed cases in 2008 compared with 990 cases in 2007.

The increase in cases of measles has been blamed on the poor uptake of MMR.

Dr Mary Ramsay, an immunisation expert at the HPA, said: ‘What is so alarming is that the majority of these cases could have been prevented as most were in children who were not fully protected with MMR.

'There are still many children out there who were not vaccinated as toddlers over the past decade and remain unprotected.

'Unfortunately this means that measles, which is highly infectious, is spreading easily among these unvaccinated children.'

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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