Doctor’s plea to get vaccinated

PA file photo dated 9/8/04 of a nurse handling a syringe. There is no evidence to support a link between the controversial MMR jab and the development of autism in children, researchers said Friday September 10, 2004. Concern about a reported link between the triple vaccine and the disorder has led to a drop in the number of parents getting their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella in the UK. See PA 0430 story HEALTH MMR. PA Photo.
PA file photo dated 9/8/04 of a nurse handling a syringe. There is no evidence to support a link between the controversial MMR jab and the development of autism in children, researchers said Friday September 10, 2004. Concern about a reported link between the triple vaccine and the disorder has led to a drop in the number of parents getting their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella in the UK. See PA 0430 story HEALTH MMR. PA Photo.
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The measles outbreak in Wales has prompted a top Ripley doctor to issue a plea to parents to get their children vaccinated.

Dr Sheila Newport of Ivy Grove Surgery, who is the current chairman of NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said those who have not already taken their children to have the MMR jab should contact their GP immediately.

Although more than 95 per cent of under twos in Derbyshire are vaccinated - there could be several in Ripley and Heanor who are not.

She said: “Measles can be extremely unpleasant and can lead to complications such as meningitis and pneumonia. In very rare cases people have died from measles.

“So, if you are the parent of an unvaccinated child or know that your older children have not been vaccinated against measles, I urge you to contact your GP and make an appointment for MMR vaccination as soon as possible.“

Dr Newport added that there were no credible links between the jab and autism, as many have feared.

It is recommended the MMR jabs are taken twice - once when the child is two and again aged five - however adults can also have the jab if they are unsure as to whether they have been vaccinated.

Ripley Medical Centre boasts a 100 per cent vaccination rate in under fives registered there.

There were 56 cases of the virus in Derbyshire in 2012 compared to 16 in 2011.