Posts tagged “measles”

Health Secretary considers compulsory vaccinations for children, as uptake falls

October 1st, 2019

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, is considering introducing compulsory vaccination for children in England, as recent statistics confirm uptake rates have fallen.  Speaking at the Tory Party conference in Manchester, Mr Hancock suggested that he is thinking about the measure in a bid to tackle falling rates of immunisation and protect children from preventable illnesses. […]

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces measures to protect against measles

August 20th, 2019

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced a raft of measures to protect the public against measles. The move comes after the UK lost its measles-free status amid a decline in immunisation rates. Measles can be prevented by means of a double-dose immunisation, which is provided as part of the NHS routine vaccination programme for […]

Experts issue vaccination call, as number of mumps cases increases

May 28th, 2019
Experts issue vaccination call, as number of mumps cases increases

Health experts are encouraging people to make sure they are vaccinated against measles and mumps, amid an outbreak of mumps. The latest statistics show that in the first 3 months of 2019, 795 cases of mumps have been recorded. In the whole of 2018, there were 1,031 cases. In light of the figures, Public Health […]

Health Secretary Matt Hancock considering ‘all options’ to increase vaccination uptake

May 7th, 2019
Health Secretary Matt Hancock considering ‘all options’ to increase vaccination uptake

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has suggested that he is considering ‘all options’ to increase vaccination uptake in a bid to protect children against illnesses including measles. Mr Hancock said that he did not want to impose compulsory immunisation, but stressed that such a measure could not be ruled out due to an increase in […]

Public health officials issue measles warning for Greater Manchester following spike in cases

March 12th, 2019
Public health officials issue measles warning for Greater Manchester following spike in cases

Public health officials have issued a warning to parents in Greater Manchester following a spike in the number of cases of measles in the region. Public Health England confirmed that there had been 32 cases in Greater Manchester this year. This represents a sharp increase in the last month. By the end of January 2019, […]

Measles cases reach an all-time high in Europe

August 21st, 2018
Measles cases reach an all-time high in Europe

The number of cases of measles recorded in Europe has hit an all-time high. Data from the World Health Organization revealed that more than 41,000 cases have been diagnosed in Europe in the first six months of 2018. This is a vast increase on 2017, when 23,927 cases were diagnosed in the entire year. In […]

PHE Issues Measles Warning During Festival Season

August 9th, 2016
PHE Issues Measles Warning During Festival Season

Public Health England has issued a measles warning during festival season. Representatives from the body have labelled summer festivals a “hotbed” for measles and encouraged those who haven’t had a measles vaccination to have one if they plan to attend a festival in the coming months. Statistics show that 36 cases of measles were recorded […]

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