outbreak prompts vaccine advice to Burnham-On-Sea parents
health officials in Somerset have said measles is now "circulating
more widely" in the county following a further outbreak and
parents of children and teenagers in Burnham-On-Sea who missed
their MMR vaccines to get catch-up vaccinations.
latest outbreak of measles brings the number of suspected and
confirmed cases to 16 since July - all those affected are aged
between 10 and 24.
affected live in the Street, Glastonbury and Shepton Mallet areas
and were all unvaccinated. Before July there had been just one
case so far this year.
are once again advising that parents take up the measles, mumps
and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Stewart Brock, a public health specialist at Somerset County Council,
said officials were doing what they could to make sure the disease
does not spread in the county. "Anyone
of any age can get measles if they haven't been vaccinated or
had it before," he said.
outbreaks have been in young people from age 10 to early 20s as
many in these age ranges missed out on vaccination when the now-discredited
report linking MMR to autism was published when they were young
Brock added that public health officials in the county had been
working on a catch-up programme for anyone aged 10 to 16 who has
not had the MMR vaccine.
getting immunised you protect yourself, or your child, but you
are also protecting other more vulnerable people in the community
who could become seriously ill if they catch the disease."