Sheffield health centre backs measles drive

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A health centre in Sheffield is supporting efforts to make sure children are given the measles vaccine, to prevent an outbreak in the city.

The NHS Walk-In Centre, on Broad Lane, is supporting European Immunisation Week, which runs until Friday, by raising awareness among visitors of the importance of keeping up to date with jabs.

Posters and information boards have been put up, and letters are being sent to parents who are registered patients, reminding them to get their children vaccinated.

This Thursday a clinic is running in which a nurse will carry out any missed injections for registered patients.

Nationally, measles cases are at their highest level for nearly two decades, and so far this year there have been six confirmed cases in Sheffield, compared to five in the whole of 2012.

Christian Ellwood, operations manager at the centre, said: “It is vital that vaccinations are carried out, not just to protect individuals but also to stop measles from spreading.”

Call 0114 241 2700 for more information.