Warning as measles cases increase

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PARENTS in South Tyneside are being urged to vaccinate their children as cases of measles continue to rise.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) says that since September, 82 confirmed cases and 73 suspected cases of the illness have been reported.

These include 19 confirmed and 10 suspected cases in the last week.

HPA immunisation lead Julia Waller said: “There is no treatment for measles but it can be prevented by the MMR vaccine and two doses are required to ensure the best protection.” That’s why we’re urging parents to make sure that their children are fully immunised and have had two doses of the jab.

“In fact, anyone who is unsure about their own immunisation status should do the same.”