Parents in Dartford and Gravesham urged to vaccinate against measles

Families of children in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley and surrounding areas who missed out on their measles jabs are being urged to have vaccinations as soon as possible.

Local GP practices are contacting the families of patients aged 10 to 16 who have missed out on protection against measles, mumps and rubella.

Dr Bhaskar Bora, chair of NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley clinical commissioning group, said: “Measles is not a mild illness and is extremely infectious. It is very unpleasant and can lead to children becoming very seriously ill, and in very rare cases, to their death.

“Children, teenagers and young adults who have not been vaccinated at all against MMR should urgently seek at least one dose which will give them 95 per cent protection against measles. A second dose is then needed for almost complete protection.”

Several thousand of the 110,000 10 to 16 year olds in Kent have not been immunised against MMR or have had only one of the two jabs needed for maximum immunity.

The national rise in measles cases is being attributed to unprotected 10 to 16 year olds who missed out on vaccination in the late 1990s and early 2000s when concern around the discredited link between autism and the vaccine was widespread.

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