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Totnes GP: Schools are 'neglectful' if not recommending measles jab

More pupils are getting measles jabs since the outbreak Credit: ITV Westcountry

A GP in Totnes says schools are being neglectful if they don't recommend the measles jab for pupils.

Totnes has the one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country. Dr Dylan Watkins from Leatside Surgery is holding a meeting for local schools and health professionals today.

It will focus on ten to sixteen year olds who haven't been vaccinated.


13 measles cases in Devon during last six months

A measles vaccination. Credit: ITV News West Country

Devon has had thirteen measles cases over the last six months - one of the highest county totals in the South West.

The government has announced a catch-up programme for 10 - 16 year-olds who weren't vaccinated during the MMR scare.

Experts say unprotected young people should get at least one dose of the jab.

Somerset doctors warn of measles risk

Doctors say immunising is vital to avoid the complications of measles Credit: ITV Westcountry

Parents in Somerset are being advised to give their children the MMR vaccination. It's after eleven reported cases of the virus in the county in the last month. Doctors have sent a letter for schools to issue to parents advising them about the risks.

NHS Somerset has confirmed cases in Glastonbury, Bruton and Shepton Mallet. Public Health Consultant Julie Yates said: " So far the people affected have not been immunised, or only partially immunised, with the MMR vaccine.

Measles can spread quickly and easily, especially in close-knit communities such as schools and community facilities which is why it is so important children are properly immunised."