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MMR jabs for a million children

A million children who missed out on getting the MMR vaccine in England are being targeted in a campaign to raise the level of protection against measles after an outbreak in Wales. 2013 is set to be the worst year for measles outbreaks in 20 years

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Surge in measles cases after low MMR vaccine uptake

The jump in the number of confirmed cases of measles has mainly been attributed to the number of 10 to 16-year-olds who missed out on vaccination in the late 1990s and early years of 2000.

At the time, there were fears of a link between autism and the MMR vaccine, which has since been discredited.

MMR injections Credit: ITV News

The MMR vaccine is offered to children when they are 12 to 13 months old giving 95% protection. A second dose is given at around three-and-a-half-years-old which boosts the level of protection to 99%.

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