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Action taken to stop spread of measles

PUBLISHED: 16:58 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:52 12 August 2010

AN OUTBREAK of measles has prompted a health watchdog to advise hospital trusts to offer MMR jabs in quick succession.

AN OUTBREAK of measles has prompted a health watchdog to advise hospital trusts to offer MMR jabs in quick succession.

The Health Protection Agency asked trusts in Bromley, Bexley, Lewisham, Greenwich, Lambeth and Southwark on Monday to give the second MMR jab one to three months after the first instead of waiting the usual two years.

There have been over 200 cases of the highly infectious virus in south-east London in the first five months of this year.

It comes after a record 1,000 were recorded nationally in 2007.

A spokesperson for Bromley PCT said: "We are already taking action on the points that the HPA has raised this week.

"Bromley PCT is looking at the uptake of MMR vaccine in the borough, identifying GP practices where it is low and targeting our action in those areas.

"We have set up a vaccination clinic where GPs and practice nurses can refer patients if they are unsure whether they should have the vaccine.

"Health Visitors are identifying and following up children whom we think may not be vaccinated.

"We have seen a slight increase in uptake in very young children in the last two years.

"We are encouraging children who are older than the usual age to have the vaccine, even if they have had single vaccinations.

"It is only the second dose of the measles vaccine that we might give early if necessary, especially in unvaccinated individuals.

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