Health group urges MMR vaccination

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The Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCCG) is reminding parents in Crawley that it is never too late to have children immunised against measles, mumps and rubella.

Family doctors, community health teams and hospital staff are being encouraged to discuss the MMR vaccination with parents in a bid to reduce the risks of a Swansea-style outbreak affecting the area.

The CCCG said although MMR vaccination rates have slowly improved since the now discredited stories of a link with autism, the scare has resulted in a large number of children who were not vaccinated at the time.

Dr Amit Bhargava, GP and Chief Clinical Officer for the CCCG, said: “It’s never too late for a child to have the MMR vaccine and we are urging parents to make sure their children are fully protected.

“Most new babies now have the MMR vaccine as part of their standard childhood immunisation but we believe there could be many children who have never had it.

“The more children who are protected, the lower risk there is of a measles outbreak and the potential for children to be seriously ill or even die.”

Parents who want to arrange a MMR vaccination, or check whether or not a child has been immunised, should contact their GP surgery.