Keep up to date with vaccines - including meningitis

The UK Health Security Agency has launched a campaign warning that children are at risk of catching measles as the uptake of the infant MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) jab falls to a 10-year low. Figures show only 86 per cent of 5-year-olds have had two doses. To stop outbreaks this figure needs to be 95 per cent. Before the introduction of the MMR vaccine, mumps was the most common cause of viral meningitis in the UK – a disease that still affects some 6,000 people every year.

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