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Doctors call for vaccinations as measles treble

PUBLISHED: 11:26 12 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:19 25 August 2010

MEASLES outbreaks in a borough have tripled this year. As measles cases in London have been steadily rising, in Greenwich there have been 61 cases so far this year compared to 20 in the same period for last year.

MEASLES outbreaks in a borough have tripled this year.

As measles cases in London have been steadily rising, in Greenwich there have been 61 cases so far this year compared to 20 in the same period for last year.

Eight per cent of these have had to be admitted to hospital for treatment.

Now, doctors are urging parents to get their child immunised with the MMR vaccine. Dr Nimal Premaratne a consultant from the South East London Health Protection Unit said: "Schools are a perfect breeding ground for viruses like measles to pass from one child to another.

"There are a growing number of children in Greenwich who have either not been vaccinated with MMR, or have only had one dose and this increases the risk of measles outbreaks, particularly after the summer holidays.

"I would urge any parent whose child has not been vaccinated, or has only had one dose of MMR vaccine to book an appointment at their GP surgery.

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