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Health bosses urge Solihull parents to make sure children have MMR

HEALTH chiefs have urged Solihull parents to get their children vaccinated against measles, in the wake of a major outbreak in Wales.

HEALTH chiefs have urged Solihull parents to get their children vaccinated against measles, in the wake of a major outbreak in Wales.

In Solihull, some 91 per cent of children under two have had the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jab.

But this is slightly less than the number who have been vaccinated nationwide and across the wider West Midlands.

There has been renewed concern about measles since the spate of more than 700 cases in Swansea - mostly in children under five.

Dr Alan Stanton, community paediatrician, said: “Measles is a potentially very serious illness, and all paediatricians of my generation will remember seeing children permanently disabled or killed by measles.

“We thought that this was behind us, and it is tragic to see this disease making a comeback as a result of research which wrongly alleged a link between MMR and autism.

“That research is now thoroughly discredited, and I would urge all parents whose children have missed their MMR to have the vaccination.“

Parents of children or teenagers who have not had the jab should book an appointment with their GP.

 

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