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Immunisation call after measles cases reported

SOLIHULL NHS Care Trust has reported a cluster of measles cases in the borough.

SOLIHULL NHS Care Trust has reported a cluster of measles cases in the borough.

Last week it revealed that three members of the same family had been diagnosed with the illness. None of the family had been innoculated against the disease.

Now the trust is hoping to boost numbers being immunised, in an effort to stop more cases. Parents who have children under 18 - who have not been immunised - are being urged to contact their GP.

Health chiefs fear that a drop in the number of children who receive the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) jab could see a resurgence of these illnesses.

Dr Alan Stanton, consultant community paediatrician, said: “Mea-sles was a rare disease but the scare caused by the now discredited theory link-ing MMR to autism has left many children vulnerable.”

Measles can cause fever, coughing and distinctive red-brown spots.

 

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