Doncaster Measles cases revealed as figures are published

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Public health bosses in Doncaster are urging more children to be vaccinated after measles cases emerged in the borough.

Figures published by the NHS have revealed the borough has seen two people affected by the illness this year.

Several years ago the borough saw a major outbreak of the illness, sparking concerns at the time over vaccination rates.

Health bosses say the uptake of the MMR vaccine in the borough is now above the national average.

Doncaster’s Director of public health, Tony Baxter, said: “Doncaster’s vaccination rate is higher than the national rate and we are supporting the catch-up campaign so we can improve it even further.

“It is currently 93.3 per cent compared to England 92.4 per cent. We have had only two measles cases this year, less than our neighbouring areas. Our public health teams and GPs have been working hard to encourage uptake with children and teenagers.”

“Despite our excellent vaccination rate we are not complacent – the measles vaccine is there ready to be used and could save a life. Measles is a serious illness and can lead to serious complications, including hospitalisation in more than one in five cases among teens this year.”

Doncaster’s South Yorkshire neighbours Barnsley and Rotherham had no recorded cases of measles this year. Experts say the he longer term trend in Yorkshire is one of increasing cases.