'The main factor that has caused the spread of measles among the Orang Asli in Kg Kuala Koh is the low coverage of MMR immunisation
among them,' he was quoted by The Star daily as saying in a press conference at Putrajaya today.
"Make sure your children get the MMR immunisation
," Dr Rankin urges.
The UK is keeping up rates of MMR immunisation
at the moment, achieving the (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs378/en/) WHO target of 95% in 2016 for the first dose of MMR, and maintaining rates of over 90% for two of the recommended three doses.
However, due to the success of the MMR immunisation
programme in almost completely eradicating rubella, this blood test is stopping on October 3 in Wales.
County Durham recorded high levels of the MMR immunisation
and 'five in one' jab for those aged two, at 97.2% and 98.7% respectively.
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 16.2 per cent.
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
. "It's never too late to get immunised with this safe and effective vaccine and we must not forget that the vaccine also protects against mumps and rubella, which also have the potential to be very serious illnesses." Cases of measles are also associated with small clusters in mainly unvaccinated children and young adults between the ages of 10-24.
(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.
"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.
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."