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Thousands of West Yorkshire youngsters are MMR vaccinated
2:00pm Sunday 22nd September 2013 in Local news
More than 6,500 ten to 16-year-olds have been vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella, thanks to a campaign run by the NHS in West Yorkshire.
Health officials are now urging those who have still not been vaccinated to get their jab and are encouraging those who have had their first jab to get their second.
Practices across West Yorkshire enthusiastically participated in the MMR catch-up campaign.
In addition, nurses were deployed in secondary schools across West Yorkshire during July in order to vaccinate unvaccinated children, protecting them against measles, mumps and rubella.
The age ten to 16 group is most at risk of measles due to the fall in coverage of MMR vaccinations that occurred in the late 1990s and early 2000s when concern around the discredited link between autism and the vaccine was widespread.
The catch-up programme, run by Public Health England, NHS England, the Department of Health and local authorities, aims to prevent measles outbreaks by giving the MMR vaccination to as many unvaccinated and partially vaccinated ten to 16-year-olds as possible.