More get MMR catch-up jab in Wales.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (Supply and demand)
Vaccination (Supply and demand)
Vaccination (Planning)
Children (Health aspects)
Pub Date: 10/01/2009
Publication: Name: Community Practitioner Publisher: Ten Alps Publishing Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Ten Alps Publishing ISSN: 1462-2815
Issue: Date: Oct, 2009 Source Volume: 82 Source Issue: 10
Topic: Event Code: 600 Market information - general; 220 Strategy & planning Computer Subject: Company business planning
Product: Product Code: 8000146 Vaccination & Immunization NAICS Code: 621999 All Other Miscellaneous Ambulatory Health Care Services
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United Kingdom Geographic Name: Wales Geographic Code: 4EUUK United Kingdom; 4EUUW Wales
Accession Number: 209163246
Full Text: The National Public Health Service (NPHS) for Wales has reported that 6500 parents have arranged for their children to receive a catch-up measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine since April.

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Unite/CPHVA professional officer Gill Devereaux stated: 'The NPHS and local health boards need to make it their priority to ensure that all unvaccinated children receive a catch-up MMR jab. It is important that the NPHS push ahead with its plan to work with local health boards and school nurses to ensure that those children who are not protected will receive the MMR jab as early as possible.'

She noted: 'There has been an increase in reported numbers of children with measles in Wales, and the necessary steps need to be taken to ensure that the problem does not worsen in the future.'

The NPHS has confirmed that from April to June 2009, 91% of children reaching two years of age had received their first dose of the vaccine and 85% of those reaching their fifth birthday had completed the course.

NPHS Vaccine Preventable Disease Programme head Richard Roberts stated: 'These figures are encouraging and show that parents have responded to the news of a Wales-wide measles outbreak by rethinking their decision not to vaccinate their children with MMR.'
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