Poor measles rates.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Measles (Risk factors)
Measles (Prevention)
Measles vaccine (Health aspects)
Measles vaccine (Reports)
Vaccination (Health aspects)
Vaccination (Reports)
Pub Date: 02/01/2009
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: Feb, 2009 Source Volume: 82 Source Issue: 2
Product: Product Code: 8000146 Vaccination & Immunization NAICS Code: 621999 All Other Miscellaneous Ambulatory Health Care Services SIC Code: 8000 HEALTH SERVICES
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United Kingdom Geographic Code: 4E Europe; 4EUUK United Kingdom
Accession Number: 192802933
Full Text: The UK is one of five countries with the worst rates of measles in Europe, according to a recent Lancet paper.


Unite/CPHA professional officer Ros Godson stated: 'As health visiting cuts increase, UK parents are not receiving the professional advice and information they need to access immunisation services. Those who need more support to talk through their immunisation concerns are not getting it.'

The World Health Organization recommends that 95% of children need to be vaccinated in order to eradicate the disease, however vaccination levels in Europe fall short of this.

According to the Health Protection Agency, measles is still on the increase, with 1217 confirmed cases to the end of November 2008 in England and Wales. However, ISD Scotland has reported that rates of five-year-olds who have had at least one dose of the vaccine have reached 95% there.
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