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Cornwall Could Risk A Measles Outbreak

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3:47pm 18th April 2013
(Updated 3:47pm 18th April 2013)

Pirate FM has learnt at least four children in every Cornish classroom have not been vaccinated against measles.

Government statistics show nearly 15% have missed their two MMR jabs.

It is prompting fears the Duchy could be at risk of an outbreak like that in Wales.

There have been 43 new cases in Swansea since Tuesday; the total now stands at 808.

Cornwall's Public Health team is re-assuring mums and dads the injections are perfectly safe.

Lucy from Redruth wants parents to get more information: "I've had both of my children vaccinated. I wouldn't dream not to. I think it's scary. It will take something very sad, like children will start dying, because people don't understand how dangerous measles is. Children do die from it.

"I personally don't think that children should be allowed into nurseries if they haven't had it done because it's not fair on the parents who have made the choice to have it done. I understand that some people have valid reasons, like allergies, but I do feel that if there isn't an actual medical reason then everyone should have it done."

3:47pm 18th April 2013

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