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Measles in United Kingdom

01 August 2011

Parents are being urged to get their children vaccinated as the number of people infected by measles in Sussex continues to rise. There have been 73 confirmed cases of measles in Sussex so far this year (2011), more than 10 times the number for the whole of 2010. Health officials believe many people have caught the virus while visiting countries which are experiencing a mass outbreak of the disease. The Health Protection Agency is warning families planning to visit France, Bulgaria and Italy during the summer holidays to make sure everyone is protected.

Advice for Travellers

It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-15 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months, while unimmunised adults who have not had the disease themselves may consider vaccination if thought to be at risk. Two doses of MMR vaccine are required to give adequate protection.