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London at risk of measles outbreak

The capital has the lowest level of MMR vaccination take up in the country, and this puts it at particular risk of suffering a measles outbreak.

With the number of cases of the disease already rising, Public Health England are so concerned they're launching a catch-up vaccination programme.

They're particularly concerned about those aged 10-16 who may have missed out on the vaccine in the wake of the Andrew Wakefield scandal.

There have so far been 68 cases of measles in the capital so far this year- compared to just 137 for the whole of last year.


Schoolchildren risk 'effective spread' of measles

We have this legacy of older children who were not vaccinated as toddlers and these young people are now secondary school age. So they are now at the position where they can spread infection very effectively.

Our concern is that we have a potential for school outbreaks in many areas of the country - probably the areas most likely to be affected would be London and the South and East of the country where we know that the historical coverage was not as high as it was in the northern parts of the country.

– Dr Mary Ramsay, Public Health England
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