Source: Guardian (United Kingdom)
The U.K. Health Protection Agency (HPA) recorded 2,016 confirmed cases of measles in England and Wales in 2012, marking an 18-year high. Prolonged outbreaks were reported in Merseyside, Surrey, and Sussex, which accounted for most of the cases. Health officials recommend that children be vaccinated on time and any older children or adults who missed the MMR vaccine be immunized now. “Measles is a highly infectious disease, so the only way to prevent outbreaks is to make sure the United Kingdom has good uptake of the MMR vaccine, and that when cases are reported, immediate public health action is taken to target unvaccinated individuals in the vicinity as soon as possible,” says Dr. Mary Ramsay, head of immunization at the HPA.