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Feb 2019

Outbreak of measles declared in Philippines

An outbreak of the highly contagious measles virus has been declared by authorities in the Philippines, affecting several areas, including the capital Manila. In the space of two weeks, there have been nearly 2,000 cases reported and 26 deaths, an increase of 74 per cent from last year. The measles virus can be significantly dangerous…

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Nov 2018

Anti-MMR campaigners ‘absolutely wrong’ says England’s top doctor

Professor Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer, has said that people who believe the myths spread by anti-vaccine campaigners ‘are absolutely wrong’, adding that, despite the fact that the current uptake was ‘not good enough’, the vaccine was safe and had been given to millions of children worldwide. She urged parents to ignore ‘social media…

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Aug 2018

Are Low MMR vaccination uptake rates the result of 1995 discredited research?

Gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield published a study in medical publication The Lancet in 1995, which speculated that children who had been vaccinated against MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) had a higher likelihood of suffering from autism and bowel disease than those who were not vaccinated. He suggested that an injection of the ‘dead’ form of the…

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Jan 2016

End to rubella screening in England

Officials from Public Health England have announced that due to the success of the MMR vaccination, pregnant women will no longer be screened for rubella in England, from April 2016, with the rest of the UK also considering the measure. Rubella, also known as German measles, is usually quite mild, causing a fever and rash.…

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