Letters Healthcare workers and immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella

Do trusts ensure their workers are immune to measles, mumps, and rubella?

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3549 (Published 04 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3549
  1. Rachel Mearkle, specialist registrar in public health1,
  2. Helen Cheney, health protection nurse1,
  3. Miranda Mindlin, consultant in communicable disease control1
  1. 1Kent, Surrey, and Sussex Public Health England Centre, Horsham RH12 1XA, UK
  1. sshpu{at}phe.gov.uk

We welcome the call from England’s chief medical officer for trusts to ensure that healthcare workers are given the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR).1 2 Our survey of policies for offering MMR to staff in trusts across three counties in the south of England confirms the need for this recommendation.

The measles outbreak in Wales has highlighted the UK population’s vulnerability to measles due to low MMR vaccine uptake. Healthcare workers are at risk of acquiring and transmitting the disease to their patients, …

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