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Getting children immunised is best way to stamp out diseases

Commenting on the current measles outbreak in Wales, Dr John Middleton, Vice President of the Faculty of Public Health, said:

"There is overwhelming evidence for the safety and efficacy of the MMR vaccine. Measles, mumps, and rubella are all serious diseases. Sadly, the now completely discredited MMR vaccine scare led to a drop in uptake rates of the vaccine since the mid 1990s, leaving many children unprotected.  Because of this, cases of these infections are on the rise and children continue to be put at risk although current uptake rates are now on target. Making sure that our children are fully immunised with MMR is the best way to stamp out these diseases. If any child has missed their MMR jabs in the past, it is never too late to get them protected."

Written: 24/04/2013 , last modified: 12/09/2013