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Parents urged to get children vaccinated against measles

29 April 2013


A national catch-up programme to increase MMR vaccination uptake in children and teenagers has been announced by Public Health England, NHS England and the Department of Health. The aim of the programme is to prevent measles outbreaks by vaccinating as many unvaccinated and partially vaccinated 10-16 year olds as possible in time for the next school year.

Dr Diane Gray, director of strategy for Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“We support the national catch-up programme and we will be working with local health partners and GPs to make sure that children and young people who missed out on the vaccination are able to have it as soon as possible. 

“It is concerning that there are children and young people in Bedfordshire who haven’t been vaccinated.  We advise parents of unvaccinated children that it is never too late to get vaccinated against measles and they should make an appointment with their GP to get vaccinated. ”

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