More than 80 children get MMR jab at free Jersey clinic

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Image caption More than 80 children were given the MMR vaccine at a free clinic at the General Hospital on Saturday

Eighty-three children were vaccinated against measles at a free clinic in Jersey at the weekend.

It follows an epidemic in the UK, where more than 1,000 cases reported in Wales and hundreds in the north of England.

The health department held the free clinic after concerns 500 children in Jersey had not had the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jab.

But the health department said it would not be holding another free vaccination clinic like the one on Saturday.

A spokeswoman said: "If any parents have got any outstanding questions on the MMR jab they can call the immunisation team, who would be happy to help."

The health department wrote to parents of those children in school years five to eight, who had not received both doses of the MMR vaccine.

Children require two doses of the MMR jab to be fully immunised, usually given at 12 months and three years.

The spokeswoman said the measles virus is extremely infectious and potentially fatal.

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