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Measles jabs offered at special Brighton and Hove drop-in clinics
12:00pm Wednesday 18th July 2012 in News
Special vaccination sessions are to be held to try to tackle the increasing levels of measles among children.
The sessions will take place at locations across Brighton and Hove during the summer.
Over the past few months Sussex has been hit by a measles outbreak with some children – such as eight-month-old Delilah Griggs – being hospitalised with the illness.
Reported cases of measles in Brighton and Hove in 2012 were at the beginning of July already much higher than for all of 2011.
For the 12 months of last year there were 65 measles cases confirmed, compared to 161 for January to July 10 2012.
Overall in Sussex there have been 282 confirmed cases of measles so far this year up to July 10, compared to 173 for 2011.
Delilah, who lives with her brother Harry Griggs, two, and their parents Tom Griggs and Amy Myall in Holmes Avenue, Hove, contracted pneumonia at the end of June as a result of measles.
Delilah, who has since recovered, was too young to be vaccinated.
But the Health Protection Agency (HPA) wants the parents and carers of older children to have them vaccinated with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jab.
Parents of Longhill High School pupils in Falmer Road, Rottingdean, have just received a letter about this from Dr Angela Iverson, director of Surrey and Sussex’s Health Protection Unit, and Rosanna Raven, immunisation specialist nurse for Brighton and Hove, about the vaccination programme.
It is believed other parents – including those of pupils at Blatchington Mill in Nevill Avenue, Hove, where more than 50 pupils have contracted measles since Easter – have also received the letter.
It said: “There has been a large outbreak of measles affecting school children in Brighton and Hove. Numbers of cases are still rising and some children have needed to be treated in hospital as measles can be a serious disease.
“As your child is at school, your child should have already had two MMR vaccinations.
“If your child has not had two MMRs, please make an appointment with the practice nurse at your GP surgery as soon as possible.
“In addition the Brighton and Hove immunisation team are planning to run special drop-in MMR clinics during the summer holidays.”
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