Young people to be offered MMR vaccinations to fight measles

Parents will be receiving letters in the coming weeks inviting their children to have MMR vaccinations at their doctors surgery following the increase in cases of measles nationally.

Public Health England and Lincolnshire County Council are reacting to the government’s directive to run a catch-up campaign for 10 to 16 year-olds, which was announced recently.

GPs have been contacted and asked to identify patients who have not had the two doses of MMR needed to be fully protected against measles.

Dr Tony Hill, director of public health at the county council, said: “Measles is a very serious and highly infectious illness.

“The best way to prevent an outbreak in Lincolnshire, is to ensure children and young people have had both doses of the MMR vaccine that they need.

“GPs will be writing to parents of those aged 10 to 16, as this age group has a low take-up of the 
vaccine and has seen an increase in cases of measles as a result.

“If anyone is unsure if they have been vaccinated we strongly urge them to ask their general practitioner.

“Vaccinations are safe and effective.”