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Bromley has highest rate of measles in outer London

PUBLISHED: 13:03 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:03 26 April 2013

Bromley has the highest rate of measles cases in outer London, according to figures released last week.

Stats revealed by Public Health England (PHE) show a total of 10 cases since January, with eight of those occuring in February.

The borough has the second most measles cases in the whole of London, with Hackney suffering 28 outbreaks since the year began.

There were no cases in Bromley during March, but youngsters aged between 10 and 16 are urged to receive the MMR vaccination in time for the next school year as part of a national catch-up programme.

Experts attribute the rise in measles to the proportion of unprotected children and teenagers, who missed the vaccination in the late 1990s and 2000s when concern was high that the jab was linked to autism.

During the first three months of the year there were 68 cases in London, almost half the amount of cases for the entirity of 2012. Bromley had just one confirmed outbreak of measles last year.

For more information on the vaccination, visit facebook.com/getvaccinatedEngland.

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