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European countries are urged to carry out catch-up campaigns as measles outbreaks continue

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 23 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1771
  1. Jacqui Wise

European countries should carry out vaccination catch-up campaigns targeting teenagers and young people to stem measles outbreaks around the continent, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has said.

The centre’s annual report shows that as many as 80% of teenagers and young adults who contracted measles in 2017 had not been vaccinated.1 A rapid risk assessment by the centre found that unvaccinated healthcare workers were affected in the latest outbreaks.

Mike Catchpole, chief scientist at the centre, told The BMJ, “We are seeing …

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