Calls to ensure children get measles jabs

An annual report by the director of public health has been released, highlighting several areas, including smoking, obesity and sexual health, where the district does not compare well nationally. The report by Dr Andrew Furber is being released with the screening of short films by young people from the district.'Dr Furber.'w0473b950
An annual report by the director of public health has been released, highlighting several areas, including smoking, obesity and sexual health, where the district does not compare well nationally. The report by Dr Andrew Furber is being released with the screening of short films by young people from the district.'Dr Furber.'w0473b950

Parents and carers across the district are being called on to ensure their children are vaccinated against measles.

Wakefield Council and doctors across the district issued the call, as a national catch-up programme to increase MMR vaccination uptake in children and teenagers, was announced by Public Health England, NHS England and the Department of Health.

Dr Andrew Furber, director of public health at Wakefield Council, said: “Measles is a highly infectious and potentially fatal disease, and unvaccinated children are at risk when it gets into the community.

“Although the number of confirmed cases in our area remains low, it is important that we do our utmost to prevent further cases.

“The catch-up programme recommends an approach to specifically target those young people most at risk.”

The aim of the programme, being run through GP surgeries, is to vaccinate as many unvaccinated and partially vaccinated ten to 16-year-olds as possible in time for the next school year.

Anyone aged up to 25 is eligible for the catch-up programme, available by making an appointment at your GP practice.