MORE than 90 per cent of all children under five in Solihull have been vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella.
The MMR vaccination remains the best form of protection against measles, mumps and rubella and encouragingly the numbers of parents having their children immunised has gone up locally. In recent years, the now discredited theory linking MMR to autism caused uptake figures to drop, so that the diseases made something of a comeback. That situation now seems to be reversing.
Measles causes a range of symptoms, which can include ear infection, bronchitis, convulsions (fits) and brain damage. Measles can be fatal.
Mumps used to be the main cause of viral meningitis in children. It also causes temporary deafness, miscarriage, inflammation of the pancreas and pain and swelling in the testicles in men.
Rubella can lead to painful joints, blood disorders and swelling of the brain (encephalitis). It damages unborn babies and may cause miscarriage if women catch the disease while pregnant. Babies born with congenital rubella syndrome may have some degree of deafness, blindness and damage to their heart or brain.
Dr Alan Stanton, consultant community paediatrician said: “We are constantly looking at ways to increase the uptake of MMR vaccinations and are very pleased with the latest figures.
“Thanks need to go to all those parents and healthcare professionals who have played their part in ensuring that local children are so well protected.
“It’s never too late to get your child immunised – they should have 2 doses before leaving school”.