Health & Safety
Measles catch-up campaign confirmed in Lincolnshire
As a result of increasing cases of measles, parents of unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated young people will be receiving letters in the coming weeks, inviting them to have MMR vaccinations at their local GP surgery.
Public Health England and Lincolnshire County Council are reacting to the government's directive to run a catch-up campaign for 10 – 16 year olds, which was announced recently. GPs have been contacted and asked to identify patients who have not had the two doses of MMR needed to be fully protected against measles.
Dr Tony Hill, Director of Public Health at the county council, said:
"Measles is a very serious and highly infectious illness. The best way to prevent an outbreak in Lincolnshire, is to ensure children and young people have had both doses of the MMR vaccine that they need.
"GPs will be writing to parents of those aged 10 to 16, as this age group has a low take-up of the vaccine and has seen an increase in cases of measles as a result. However, if anyone is unsure if they have been vaccinated we strongly urge them to ask their General Practitioner.
"If you have chosen not to have the vaccination for yourself or your child in the past, it's not too late to change your mind and have it now. Vaccinations are safe and effective."
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