Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Measles Jab Plan for Cornwall

injection
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

7:01am 25th April 2013

It is feared Cornish children could be at risk if measles got into the Duchy.

There is only been one confirmed case so far this year, but five years ago there was an outbreak centred on a school in Camborne.

Doctors are targeting ten to sixteen year olds who missed getting the MMR jab when they were growing up in the nineties and naughties.

Across the country there have already been 587 cases so far this year, compared to 2,000 during the whole of 2012.

Last week Pirate FM revealed that an average of four children in every Cornish class have not had both the MMR jabs they need.

That could leave us vulnerable to an outbreak of the disease.

Doctor Kerry Bailey is a public health consultant in Cornwall and used to work in Wales, which is fighting its own outbreak. She said: "At least 95% of the population need to be immunised with both jabs. Anything below that means if the measles infection does get into a community it can spread more easily.

"I'd recommend anybody who hasn't had both MMR jabs or is not sure, should go to their GP, check their records and have their MMR. It is a safe injection and will protect you against measles."

Health officials in Cornwall are putting together a plan to identify youngsters who missed getting the jab. It could mean some are delivered in school.

Professor Debra Lapthorne speaks for Public Health England in Cornwall. She said: “Measles is a potentially fatal but entirely preventable disease so it is very disappointing that we have seen outbreaks in the area. The catch-up programme set out today recommends an approach to specifically target those young people most at risk. 

"Measles is not a mild illness - it is very unpleasant and can lead to serious complications as we have seen with more than 100 children in England being hospitalised so far this year."

7:01am 25th April 2013

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
diabetes

WATCH: Cornwall's Hidden Health Problem

One in four people with diabetes don't know about it

phone

WATCH: Is Cornwall Sitting On A Lithium Goldmine?

Plans to drill for the precious metal that powers our phones

Most read
lorry stuck at pentewan

UPDATE: Narrow Cornish Road - Lorry Gets Stuck

It took almost 24 hours to move it at Pentewan

dogs die in cliff falls

Two Dogs Die After Falling From Cliffs

North Cornwall crews got two shouts in two hours

Top articles

WATCH: Cornwall's Hidden Health Problem

Cornwall News: One in four people with diabetes don't know about it

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Wayne Rooney beats Bobby Charlton's Manchester United goal record

National News: Wayne Rooney has surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time Manchester United scoring record after notching his 250th goal during a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Stoke deep in stoppage time.

Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015

Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.

From youth to middle age: Trainspotting sequel pulls into Edinburgh

Showbiz News: Trainspotting was a seminal film of the Nineties. 

Dozens killed after train derails in India

World News: At least 32 people have been killed after nine coaches of a passenger train derailed in eastern India, police have said.

Wayne Rooney beats Bobby Charlton's Manchester United goal record

Sports News: Wayne Rooney has surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time Manchester United scoring record after notching his 250th goal during a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Stoke deep in stoppage time.

WATCH: Chewbacca Sings Silent Night

Strange News: You won’t regret watching this festive treat

Newer article

Two Rescued from River Crossing

Cornwall News: Firefighters pull van to safety as tide floods in around it

Older article

New Cornish Disaster Relief Charity

Cornwall News: Former Shelterbox Chief Executive Tom Henderson is launching Shelter For Life

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate Extra Footer LogoEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.