Further Somerset Measles Outbreak Prompts Second MMR Jab Plea

Source: BBC News


Health officials in Somerset, England, say that 16 suspected and confirmed cases of measles have been reported in the county since July. Those affected—all between the ages of 10 and 24 years—live in the Street, Glastonbury, and Shepton Mallet areas and had not been vaccinated against the disease. Public health officials are calling on parents to make sure their children are fully protected with the MMR vaccine. Stewart Brock, a public health specialist at Somerset County Council, said they hoped to stem the spread of the disease before anyone else contracts it. He noted, “By getting immunised you protect yourself, or your child, but you are also protecting other more vulnerable people in the community who could become seriously ill if they catch the disease.”

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