Measles

Almost a third of children need MMR booster

Caitlin Webb

Local Democracy Reporter

A baby catches measles from somebody who did not have the vaccine
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Nearly a third of children in Kent need their measles vaccination booster, figures show.

The World Health Organisation states 95% need to be vaccinated with the MMR jab to ensure the highly infectious disease does not spread.

Director for Public Health in Kent, Andrew Scott-Clark, said uptake of these vaccinations is “critical” to protect vulnerable people.

He noted people expressed concerns about the jab on social media.

However, claims the MMR vaccine causes autism have been disproved and the doctor who made the conclusions also struck off.

The vaccine has been proven not to cause autism
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There have been three confirmed cases of measles since January, which were all linked to travel.

Consultant in health protection at Public Health England South East, Dr Claire Winslade, urged parents to check the immunity of their family - especially before going on holiday.

“Children should receive two doses of MMR vaccine for maximum protection," she added.

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Social media companies are to work with the Samaritans to tackle the promotion of self-harm on their sites. 

The firms agreed to fund the strategy at a summit in London on Monday. 

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, told MPs that they also promised to take action to stop misinformation about child vaccinations being spread. 

Mandy Baker reports.

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How one Nigerian state has boosted measles vaccinations

In Jigawa, an immunisation campaign has had extraordinary success
The United Nations is warning that millions of children going without vaccinations is a ticking time bomb which could result in increasing measles outbreaks.

However, in the rural northern Nigerian state of Jigawa, a UK aid funded vaccination campaign is now making a startling difference. The rate of immunisations there has jumped from 2% in 2017 to 92% this year. 

Dr Kabir Aliyu led the campaign and explains how they managed to make such progress.

(Photo: Immunisations taking place in Jigawa, Nigeria. Credit: Shamsudeen Sani, Palladium/MNCH2)