Parents Encouraged To Get Children Immunised With MMR Jab

NHS bosses for Scilly and Cornwall are encouraging parents to use the summer school break to ensure their children are protected against measles, mumps and rubella.

There’s been controversy over the MMR jab following a report in 1998 that it can lead to autism. That report has since been discredited.

Felicity Owen, Director of Public Health for the Isles of Scilly says “putting time aside to visit the doctors could prove to be one of the best decisions a family could make over the six-week break.”

She says kids who have been inoculated also help to prevent measles from spreading and possibly harming those too young to be vaccinated. There have also been outbreaks of measles in Spain, Turkey and France this year, which could be a risk if travelling abroad with unprotected family members.

The first MMR injection takes place when a child is 13-months, the second jab is given between the age of 3 years 4 months and 5 years. Both are needed to ensure the best protection.

All children under two are immunised in Scilly currently, compared to 88% in Cornwall. Most five year olds are immunised here too.