GP in Barking and Dagenham make MMR vaccine appeal

GP have put out another appeal for parents to make sure their children are vaccinated against measles with the MMR jab.

At the end of March there were 587 confirmed measles cases in England since the start of the year, following a record number of almost 2,000 cases in 2012.

The rise in measles cases is mostly due to 10 to 16-year-olds who missed out on vaccination in the late 1990s and early 2000s due to discredited fears over the MMR vaccine.

This had led to around 300,000 children in this age group in England who have no been immunised against measles and a further 300,000 who have only had one jab instead of the two needed for full protection.

Local GP Dr Waseem Mohi said: “If you have a child aged between 10-16 years old, ask yourself ‘has my child had their MMR jabs?

“If they haven’t had the required two doses of the vaccine or you’re simply not sure, contact your local GP surgery to find out and get the jabs. Young people who are 16 and over, but have not had their jabs should also get themselves vaccinated.

“There’s no need to panic - we don’t have large numbers of cases locally, but let’s not be complacent. Measles is a very unpleasant, potentially fatal, but entirely preventable disease.”