measles vaccination

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measles vaccination

A vaccine used to prevent measles (as well as mumps and rubella), given in two doses­: the first at 12–15 months, the second at 4–6 or 11–12 years of age.
 
Exceptions
Children with immune deficiencies; cancer patients, especially if receiving radiation therapy, chemotherapy or corticosteroids; individuals with allergic reactions to eggs or neomycin; pregnant women should deliver before MMR vaccination if they have not been previously immunised.
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In the North East, South Tyneside had the highest levels of MMR immunisation for children aged two at 97.
There is good news in the form of early death rates from heart disease and stroke falling, MMR immunisation uptake rates are better than the national average and Warwickshire is lower than the national average of Year 6 children classified as obese, at 16.
Many are identified when the time comes for teenage booster vaccines for polio, tetanus and diphtheria - if gaps in a pupil's vaccination history are spotted, they are recommended to visit their GP for the MMR immunisation, or offered vaccination in school in some areas.
Several studies have reported uneventful MMR immunisation in egg-allergic people and in those with positive MMR skin tests.
Dr Stephen Morton, regional director at HPA Yorkshire, said: "Over the Easter period all families should check their children and young adults are fully up to date with MMR immunisation.
7) MMR immunisation of 15-month-old infants was introduced in the private sector in Greece in 1975, achieving coverage of just under 50% during the 1980s.
In a written statement to AMs last night, Mrs Hart said: "Calls have been made for compulsory MMR immunisation on the grounds that it would ensure that all children in Wales would be protected against the three diseases for life.
We are partly attributing the low numbers of measles cases in the North-east to our high MMR immunisation rate," said a spokeswoman for the HPA.
Dr Rosemary McCann, regional representative of the Health Protection Agency said: 'Although we are seeing very few cases of measles, we've had a lot of mumps in our universities and further education colleges because a lot of older teenagers and young adults missed out on MMR immunisation
She said: "The longer-term trend is that almost nine out of 10 parents are accepting MMR immunisation in order to protect their children from these three potentially serious diseases.
He said: "This takes MMR immunisation rates to the highest level since March 2001.
But she added: "The implementation and enforcement of such a policy for MMR immunisation may harm the confidence of parents on perhaps ethical, political and religious grounds.