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Schoolchildren missing vaccines

PUBLISHED: 12:21 23 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:16 11 August 2010

HEALTH chiefs say that thousands of schoolchildren in the borough are missing out on life- saving vaccinations. Latest figures from the Barking and Dagenham Primary Care Trust show that 2,500 children have not yet had a measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)

HEALTH chiefs say that thousands of schoolchildren in the borough are missing out on life- saving vaccinations.

Latest figures from the Barking and Dagenham Primary Care Trust show that 2,500 children have not yet had a measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), jab, while another 5,000 did not receive their essential follow-up vaccinations.

The three infectious diseases can cause serious short and long-term health problems, or even lead to death.

The PCT is sending information leaflets to every household with children about the dangers, and of the catch-up vaccinations which will be held every weekday at different local children's centres between 8-10am, and between 3-5.30pm.

These are the centres:

Monday - Sydney Russell Children's Centre, Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham.

Tuesday - Abbey Children's Centre, North Street, Barking.

Wednesday - Gascoigne Children's Centre, St Ann's, Barking.

Thursday - Eastbury Children's Centre, Barking and Becontree Children's Centre, Stevens Road, Dagenham

Friday - The Sue Bramley Children's Centre, Bastable Avenue, Barking.


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