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Number of people having Measles vaccine falling in Guernsey

In recent years the levels of islanders being protected against the disease has fallen from 96% to 92%. Credit: PA Images

Fewer people are having the Measles vaccine in Guernsey.

In recent years the number of islanders being protected against the disease has fallen from 96% to 92%.

The viral illness, which causes a fever and a red rash, is highly infectious and common in children. Complications from the disease include pneumonia and inflammation of the brain called encephalitis, which can be fatal.

Before modern immunisation programmes, hundreds of thousands of people caught Measles in the UK with around a hundred dying each year.

Guernsey's Director of Public Health says the situation is a worry.

Although we have not seen any cases of measles locally over the last few years, the fall in the uptake of MMR vaccine is of concern.

– Dr Nicola Brink, Guernsey's Director of Public Health

There are currently outbreaks of Measles in various European countries, including Romania and Italy.

Parents are being urged to make sure their families are vaccinated before travelling during the Easter holidays.