Measles In Babies
In 2017, The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that the UK had eradicated measles based on data from 2014 - 2016.
This was due to low case rates, alongside a high number of vaccinations and thorough systems that were put in place to diagnose the disease. While cases of measles still occurred, these were flagged as isolated incidents due to their low exposure within the community.
However, since then, cases have increased and vaccination rates have dropped to their lowest in a decade, which means the UK can no longer be considered measles-free. In fact, Since 2016, there has been a significant rise in cases of measles in the UK. According to the UK Department of Health, there were almost 1,000 cases of measles In 2018, as 989 cases were confirmed.
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To help you better understand what vaccinations your baby requires, we recommend you look at the Childhealthy vaccination schedule page. Here, you can access important information regarding immunisation recommendations for your baby and child.
For more information about vaccinations, please visit our page: Why vaccines are important for children.
- BBC News: Measles Vaccinations
- NHS: Measles
- Department of Health, UK: MMR cases in UK
- Cleveland Clinic: Measles
Disclaimer: Information contained in this article is intended as general advice and does not replace a medical assessment. If you are concerned about your child please contact your doctor for advice.
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