Measles outbreak

Clinics have been set up in an attempt to prevent spread of measles.

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There have been 48 confirmed cases of measles in Hartlepool, with another 85 suspected cases being investigated, reports BBC News.

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The outbreak is worrying health officials, and they have started targeting schools in an attempt to boost the take-up rate of the MMR jab. Currently, one in five children are at risk, because the MMR uptake is at 82%.

This week clinics are to be held at three schools. Executive director of public health Peter Kelly urged parents to protect their children, and said that the attendance at similar clinics held last month was disappointing.

“These clinics are an ideal opportunity to protect your loved ones from measles, which is caused by a very infectious virus. The MMR vaccine is safe and effective, and prevents illnesses that have real potential to cause serious harm,” stated Peter Kelly.

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