Measles outbreak in Glastonbury and Street prompts MMR jab plea

Public health officials in Somerset are inviting parents to take their children for the MMR vaccine following an outbreak of measles in the county.

Those affected live in the Street and Glastonbury area and all 11 notified cases had not been immunised.

Those infected are aged from 10 to their early 20s and may have missed out because of the discredited MMR scare.

Prior to July there had been one case of measles in Somerset in the first half of 2013.

Stewart Brock, a public health specialist at Somerset County Council, said getting vaccinated also helped protect the more vulnerable people in society.

"Measles isn't a 'harmless' childhood disease - for some people it is a potentially very serious illness," he said.

"[It affects those with] suppressed immunity like new born babies, pregnant women - and their unborn baby, persons with leukaemia, HIV/AIDS or patients on cancer and organ transplant drugs."

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