England and Wales are among European countries at highest risk of measles epidemic

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 10 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:66
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    Seven European countries, including England and Wales, can expect measles epidemics at some point in the near future, a new report says.

    These countries need to strengthen their routine vaccination programmes, target catch-up campaigns at susceptible age groups, such as elderly people, and stress the safety of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, say the authors of the report (Bulletin of the World Health Organization doi: 10.2471/BLT.07.041129).

    “It is critical that all countries in Europe achieve and maintain very high vaccine coverage if the target of measles elimination by 2010 in the [WHO] European region is to be reached,” write the authors, from the UK’s Health Protection Agency.

    “It is of concern that in seven of the 18 countries [looked at in …

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