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Measles: Public Health England urges all parents to get their children vaccinated as cases spike

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 24 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2335


We have reached the point where we should consider compulsory vaccination

  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Public Health England has urged all parents to get their children vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), especially if they did not have it when scheduled.

The call comes as new figures show 231 confirmed cases of measles in the first three months of this year—slightly less than in the same period last year but still a large increase since 2017.

From 1 January to 31 October 2018 England had 913 laboratory confirmed measles cases, up from 259 reported in the whole of 2017.1 And 795 cases of …

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