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Measles could take hold as UK vaccination levels drop

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 14 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:360
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Measles could again become endemic in the United Kingdom as a result of a continuing decline in the number of infants being vaccinated, concludes a study of recent outbreaks in England and Wales (Science 2003;301:804).

    There has been a drop in uptake of the combined measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine from its national average of 91% of children in 1998. Only 79% of children reaching the age of 2 years between January and March 2003 had had the combined vaccine.

    The fall off began after widespread publicity concerning the alleged side effects of the vaccine, although …

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