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Rise in cases in East Lancashire sparks measles jab warning
4:18pm Friday 15th February 2013 in News
AN ALARMING rise of measles cases in England has prompted the NHS to warn parents in Blackburn with Darwen to make sure their children have the MMR vaccine.
If children aged between five and 16 years old have yet to receive two doses of the MMR vaccine, parents should contact their GP to arrange vaccination.
There have been cases of measles in Blackburn with Darwen this year, and health bosses advise parents to take action.
Dominic Harrison, joint director of public health for NHS Blackburn with Darwen and Council, said: “Measles can be prevented by use of the safe and highly effective MMR vaccine. Parents can easily protect their children by having them immunised. After completing a two-dose course of MMR, 99 per cent of children will be protected against measles.”