Health bosses urge parents to ensure their children get measles jab

An annual report by the director of public health has been released, highlighting several areas, including smoking, obesity and sexual health, where the district does not compare well nationally. The report by Dr Andrew Furber is being released with the screening of short films by young people from the district.'Dr Furber.'w0473b950
An annual report by the director of public health has been released, highlighting several areas, including smoking, obesity and sexual health, where the district does not compare well nationally. The report by Dr Andrew Furber is being released with the screening of short films by young people from the district.'Dr Furber.'w0473b950

Parents and carers are being urged to make sure their children are vaccinated against the potentially-fatal measles bug.

A vaccination programme has been launched after measles cases rose to an 18-year high nationally.

Wakefield Council and district NHS bosses are encouraging families to take up the Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) jabs to halt the spread of the illness.

The programme, which is being run through GP surgeries, aims to protect unvaccinated and partially-vaccinated 10-16-year-olds against measles by the start of the next school year.

Dr Andrew Furber, the district’s director of public health, said youngsters who were not vaccinated should have at least one dose of MMR, which would give then 95 per cent protection against measles.

He said: “A second dose is then needed to provide almost complete protection.

“Measles is a highly infectious and potentially fatal disease and unvaccinated children are at risk when it gets into the community.

“Although the number of confirmed cases in our area remains low, it is important that we do our utmost to prevent further cases.”

People can arrange MMR vaccines by contacting their GP surgery as part of the programme, which is open to anybody aged up to 25.