Saturday 22 July 2017

MMR vaccine uptake at 91pc after numbers fell in 1990s

Measles remains a highly infectious viral illness that can cause serious complications. Photo: PA
Measles remains a highly infectious viral illness that can cause serious complications. Photo: PA
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The uptake of the MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella has recovered and now stands at around 91.3pc nationally.

The vaccine was at the centre of an unfounded scare in the late 1990s when it was wrongly linked to autism. Figures show, however, that uptake is as high as around 97.6pc in the south east.

Deprived

However, there remains pockets of deprived areas where the rate of vaccination is lower.

In recent years a number of catch-up campaigns have had to be rolled out to administer it to teenagers who missed out on the protection as infants.

Measles remains a highly infectious viral illness that can cause serious complications.

Anyone can get measles if un-vaccinated or they haven't had it before, although it's most common in young children. The infection clears in around seven to 10 days.

Irish Independent

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