Government launches campaign to give MMR vaccine to a million children in England

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 25 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2696
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The UK government has launched a national measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination catch-up programme for children and teenagers in England in response to the recent surge in measles cases.

The programme will aim to reach as many unvaccinated and partly vaccinated 10-16 year olds as possible by September (the start of the next school year), by using local intelligence such as general practice case registers to identify and vaccinate around a million young people in practices and schools.

The campaign, coordinated by Public Health England, NHS England, and the Department of Health, is aimed at preventing outbreaks similar to the current epidemic in Wales, which has seen 886 confirmed cases since November 2012 after an outbreak in Swansea.1

New figures show 587 confirmed measles cases in England in the first three months of 2013,2 twice …

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