Friday, September 26, 2003

MMR uptake falls... but has it bottomed out?

MMR vaccination rates have dropped to 82 percent overall, with as few as 60 percent of children being immunised in some areas. It does suggest that substantial outbreaks of measles may occur soon. While measles is not normally a particularly dangerous disease, chances are that a few children will become seriously ill or even die as a result of not being immunised.

What does seem to be at stake is the degree to which parents are prepared to believe standard medical advice which could store up much bigger problems in the future.

BBC NEWS | Health | MMR uptake falls to record low


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