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MMR vaccine rates among children dip to a 10-year low

Doctors need to remain vigilant for measles, given the recent decline in vaccine rates among young children, reaching a 10-year low. This decrease has left some children unprotected, posing a risk of outbreaks of this highly infectious and dangerous virus, warn experts.

Notably, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has issued national guidance of this nature for the first time in decades. The recommended standard is that at least 95% of children should receive double vaccination by the age of five. However, the UK falls significantly below this target.

The most recent statistics reveal that only 84.5% of children received the second dose of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, marking the lowest level since 2010-11.

Measles can have severe consequences for children, causing symptoms such as fever and a rash. Moreover, it can lead to serious complications, including meningitis, and in some cases, it can be fatal.

Read more about measles and how you can prevent it-:

Measles Symptoms & Treatment | CityDoc

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