New measles plan developed

PA file photo dated 9/8/04 of a nurse handling a syringe. There is no evidence to support a link between the controversial MMR jab and the development of autism in children, researchers said Friday September 10, 2004. Concern about a reported link between the triple vaccine and the disorder has led to a drop in the number of parents getting their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella in the UK. See PA 0430 story HEALTH MMR. PA Photo.
PA file photo dated 9/8/04 of a nurse handling a syringe. There is no evidence to support a link between the controversial MMR jab and the development of autism in children, researchers said Friday September 10, 2004. Concern about a reported link between the triple vaccine and the disorder has led to a drop in the number of parents getting their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella in the UK. See PA 0430 story HEALTH MMR. PA Photo.
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Public health officials have moved to reassure Bassetlaw residents in the wake of the measles epidemic in Wales.

While over 1,000 cases of the disease have been reported since November, the majority in the South Wales area, there is no sign of the outbreak spreading to Bassetlaw - in the first three months of the year just 13 cases were reported in the entire East Midlands region.

Public health consultant Jonathan Gribbin said: “There is no current outbreak in South Yorkshire or Bassetlaw, so there’s no emergency situation.”

Mr Gribbin added that plans were being made to ensure that “all necessary precautions” were taken if the virus made its way to the area.

Health authorities across the UK are also planning a ‘catch-up’ campaign, designed to vaccinate the large number of 10-16-year-olds who were not given the MMR vaccine due to concerns over links with autism.

The research suggesting such a link has since been discredited.

A single dose of the MMR vaccine provides 95% protection against measles, and a second dose increases protection to 99%.

Measles had been eliminated in the UK until 2007, when years of low vaccination levels allowed the disease to spread again. Last year saw a record 2,00 cases in England.

Symptoms of measles include fever, coughing, conjunctivitis and a skin rash, and can lead to severe complications or even death in the very worst cases.

For advice on the MMR vaccine or to book an appointment for your child, contact your local GP.