UK steps up fight after losing 'measles-free' status

Boris Johnson has said social media firms have a responsibility to curb vaccine misinformation

Boris Johnson has said social media firms have a responsibility to curb vaccine misinformation

Furthermore, the same strain of measles virus (B3 Dublin) was detected for more than 12 months across 2017 and 2018.

Boris Johnson will lay out a number of measures created to improve vaccination rates, including for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), and call for health leaders to renew their efforts to meet 95 per cent take-up for both doses of MMR.

She went on to explain that we are still "suffering from the now entirely debunked MMR scandal of the nineties, and it is potentially disastrous that as a result so many young people are now susceptible to serious, often life-threatening infectious diseases, such as measles, that we could have completely eradicated in this country if this had never happened".

With the city of London scoring the lowest with measles vaccinations.

Measles is a highly contagious and risky infection.

These worrying estimates, released as part of PHE's Value of Vaccines campaign, show that some four and five year olds are starting school at unnecessary risk of serious diseases compared to the majority of their classmates, prompting a call for parents to check their child's Red Book to ensure their children are up-to-date with scheduled immunisations.

Earlier this year the World Health Organization began scaling up its response to the ongoing measles outbreaks in the European Region, including by creating an operational platform to accelerate its support to affected countries.

As part of the fresh effort, NHS England will write to all Global Positioning System, urging them to promote "catch-up" vaccination programmes, and will seek to strengthen the role of local immunisation co-ordinators in a bid to improve uptake.

Ask the NHS to use technology to identify who may have missed a vaccination and make booking appointments easier, such as improved call/recall systems for those accessing immunisations, and more consistent use of these systems across United Kingdom healthcare to remind people of their vaccine appointments.

Moreover, a check of MMR status for 10 and 11-year olds has recently been added to the GP contract.

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The plan comes as part of a wider government drive on prevention, following the publication of the Prevention Green Paper last month.

"Please get your kids vaccinated because it's not just the right thing for them, but also of course it is the right thing for the whole population because it might not be your kid that gets it, it could be somebody else's".

While the United States is battling the greatest outbreak of measles since 1992 with 1,203 individual cases so far in 2019.

"The worldwide measles epidemic is a real threat to Americans, especially those traveling overseas".

The injection to protect you from measles - also known as a vaccine - is called the MMR jab.

There are 8,000 five year olds in the east of England who are not fully vaccinated. Signs and symptoms of measles include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes, says the CDC.

The MMR vaccine is a combined vaccine used to protect against measles, mumps and rubella. Anyone who has not received two doses of MMR vaccine will be at risk.

The drive is announced just months after it was also reported that European cases of measles have hit a ten-year high, with 32 cases confirmed across Greater Manchester, causing concern across the UK. This is an increase of 21 cases from the previous week.

The DHSC would not confirm when asked whether this would include looking at offering the MMR vaccine through community pharmacy.

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