Book Your Back To School MMR Jab

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Parents are being urged to protect their children against measles by getting them immunised with two doses of MMR before they return to school this September, following an increase in cases of measles over recent weeks.

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Latest reports show there have been 480 confirmed cases of measles in the UK so far this year and this compares to a provisional total of 756 cases during the whole of 2006. The number of cases in 2006 was the highest number ever recorded since the current method of monitoring began in 1995 and this year looks set to follow that trend. Up until the 10 th June 2007 only 136 cases of measles had been confirmed. With the total now at 480, the number of cases is increasing at a higher rate than usual for this time of year.

Dr Mary Ramsay, a Consultant Epidemiologist with the Health Protection Agency, said:

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