Appeal over measles jab for children

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PARENTS across Sheffield are being urged to ensure their children are protected against measles ahead of summer trips abroad and social gatherings during the holidays.

Primary care trust NHS Sheffield is asking people to make sure youngsters have had two doses of the MMR vaccine as the Health Protection Agency reported a rise in the number of measles cases across England, most probably linked to recent travel to mainland Europe.

Ben Anderson, from the public health team, said: “Measles is a highly infectious disease which can lead to serious illness.

“Immunisation with the MMR vaccine gives children effective protection from Measles and so, as a parent myself, I would urge all parents, and especially those with plans to travel to Europe or further abroad this summer, to ensure their children are up to date with their vaccinations.

“Being vaccinated is very important, not just to protect individuals travelling abroad, but also to stop the virus from spreading in local Sheffield communities.”