Decline in measles cases in Milton Keynes

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Cases of measles across the region are falling according to the latest figures – with no confirmed cases in Milton Keynes at all.

The statistics reveal that confirmed cases across the South Midlands and Hertfordshire Public Health England centre area declined during June, with only five recorded – four in Hertfordshire and one in Northamptonshire.

The MMR catch-up programme, run by Public Health England, NHS England, the Department of Health, and local authorities, aims to prevent measles outbreaks by giving MMR to people aged 10 – 16 who have not been fully vaccinated.

Progress has been monitored using data on the MMR status of children gathered from around 2,000 general practices in July 2013.

When compared to children in 2012, the numbers point to almost 60,000 previously unvaccinated children having now had one dose, while a slightly higher number have now completed the two dose course.

Further local investigation will look into whether the programme needs to be rolled out to include individuals beyond the current age bracket.

Dr Jennifer Smith, Centre Director, Public Health England South Midlands & Hertfordshire, said: “Whilst the decline in measles cases is good to see, unvaccinated children and adults remain at high risk of catching measles.

“There are still children and young adults in this area who are not fully protected because they have not had two doses of MMR.

“Our message remains the same, please contact your GP to get your children fully vaccinated.”