GPs stock up on measles vaccine
Published: 26 Apr 2013 17:000 comments
The measles outbreak in England and Wales has sparked an MMR vaccination catch-up programme which started across the country yesterday (Thursday).
There have been only two reported cases of measles in the region - both in the borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in February. Margaret Ferguson, practice manager at Clarence Medical Centre in Vansittart Road, Windsor, said: "Of course we will be offering it to anyone who wants it. We have MMR stocks and we are ready."
She said the surgery had not seen an increase in people asking for the vaccination, but added: "I'm sure they will come sooner or later."
Public Health England (PHE), NHS England and the Department of Health are targeting 10 to 16-year-olds who are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated and aim to have as many as possible immunised by September, the start of the new school year.
Although there have been no cases in Slough this year, surgeries in the town are preparing for the vaccination programme.
Farzana Ghazanfar, practice manager at Wexham Road Surgery, said the surgery has stocks of the vaccine available for patients.
Dr James Mapstone, Thames Valley PHE Centre's Interim Director, said: "Measles is a potentially fatal, but entirely preventable disease.
"It is never too late to get vaccinated against measles."
PHE has recorded 587 cases of measles from January to March this year, but only two cases were in Berkshire, both in the borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in February. Dr Lise Llewellyn, Berkshire's new director of public health, said: "One in 10 children with measles is admitted to hospital, but we are not in a panic situation yet. If you are unsure if your child is vaccinated contact your GP."
She added that supplies should be adequate as GPs have been told to stock up on vaccines in preparation for the catch-up programme.
Concerned parents should visit their GP to check if their child has had the MMR jab or visit www.facebook.com/getvaccinatedengland