Midlands measles outbreak fears

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Council push for vaccinations following epidemic

A council in the Midlands is highlighting the importance of the MMR vaccination following a Measles Virus epidemic.

Derby City Council is urging parents who haven't already done so to get children vaccinated against the virus.

The majority of cases in the current outbreaks have been reported in unvaccinated school children and young adults.

We estimate that 4,000 – 5,000 children and young people between 10 and 20 years of age in Derby are not vaccinated against measles and so are not protected against the virus.

– Ben Anderson, Consultant in Public Health for Derby City Council

Measles is a highly infectious disease that spreads very easily and in some cases can cause serious complications and death.

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