Fears grow as measles cases rise across town

THERE have been 40 cases of measles in Bolton this year — compared to only one in 2011.

The worrying statistics come after an outbreak in a secondary school and a nursery in Bolton last week.

Health chiefs are growing concerned as there have also been a number of isolated cases, with no links to the outbreaks at Harper Green School, in Farnworth, or the private nursery in Bromley Cross.

Parents in the borough are being urged to get children who have not had the MMR jab or who have not had the second booster injection immunised, to stop the spread of the disease.

The outbreak affected 23 children, mainly in Years Seven and Eight, at Harper Green School, and about 10 babies at the nursery, who are under the age of 12-anda- half months old — the age at which they will be immunised.

Of the children affected, two were hospitalised.

In September, three children living in the Hall Lane travellers’ camp, in Moses Gate, were diagnosed with measles.

The disease, which is preventable by having the MMRjab, has spread among children who were not vaccinated when they were babies after controversial research claimed to link the injection to autism.

Immunisation levels dropped to 84 per cent in the UK.

Now they are back to 95 per cent, and Bolton’s take-up stands at 96.3 per cent.

There has been a huge rise in measles cases in the UK this year, and in Greater Manchester there have been 98 confirmed cases this year, compared to 21 in 2011.

The majority of cases have been in Bolton and Wigan.

Graham Munslow, health protection specialist at NHS Bolton, has urged parents to make sure their child is vaccinated.

He said: “People often think it is a childhood sickness and they get over it, but there are a significant number of children who are left with significant problems for the rest of their lives.

“It is not like chicken pox — measles is much more damaging to children.”

Measles can cause lifelong problems and disabilities and in some cases can kill.

It can lead to serious conditions including bronchitis, pneumonia, convulsions, encephalitis, which is swelling of the brain, and meningitis.

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3:49pm Mon 17 Dec 12

jenberts says...

Measles can in some cases can cause life long problems and in some cases disabilities and in some cases it can kill. How many ? more info please ....
The disease, which is preventable by having the MMRjab, has spread among children who were not vaccinated when they were babies after controversial research claimed to link the injection to autism. More info on this research deemed controversial as well please....and other possible effects long and short term that the MMR and other jabs have on our children.....all I want are the true facts, without fear mongering then it makes it easier to make a truly informed choice on what really is best for my children .......
Measles can in some cases can cause life long problems and in some cases disabilities and in some cases it can kill. How many ? more info please .... The disease, which is preventable by having the MMRjab, has spread among children who were not vaccinated when they were babies after controversial research claimed to link the injection to autism. More info on this research deemed controversial as well please....and other possible effects long and short term that the MMR and other jabs have on our children.....all I want are the true facts, without fear mongering then it makes it easier to make a truly informed choice on what really is best for my children ....... jenberts

12:20am Tue 18 Dec 12

lindlandl says...

jenberts wrote:
Measles can in some cases can cause life long problems and in some cases disabilities and in some cases it can kill. How many ? more info please ....
The disease, which is preventable by having the MMRjab, has spread among children who were not vaccinated when they were babies after controversial research claimed to link the injection to autism. More info on this research deemed controversial as well please....and other possible effects long and short term that the MMR and other jabs have on our children.....all I want are the true facts, without fear mongering then it makes it easier to make a truly informed choice on what really is best for my children .......
It's funny that the low uptake of MMR was blamed solely on 'controversial research' that put parents off having their children vaccinated. I really wanted and was willing to follow the advice of my GP, at the time of these 'controversial research' findings, but my GP was not willing to advise me. All I could get was 'It's up to you' . It was this totally non-committal attitude of the GP that made me feel that I could not have my child vaccinated as he wasn't even willing to tell me whether he would have his own child vaccinated, if in my situation. I did not want a guarantee that no child would suffer side-effects just some informal advice from someone whose opinion I respected. Of course when I took my child back to the same doctor, age 11, very poorly with an awful rash, he diagnosed measles and admonished me for not consenting to the second MMR jab and informed me that this was the unnecessary result. How wise! Incidentally, it turned out not to be measles anyway.
[quote][p][bold]jenberts[/bold] wrote: Measles can in some cases can cause life long problems and in some cases disabilities and in some cases it can kill. How many ? more info please .... The disease, which is preventable by having the MMRjab, has spread among children who were not vaccinated when they were babies after controversial research claimed to link the injection to autism. More info on this research deemed controversial as well please....and other possible effects long and short term that the MMR and other jabs have on our children.....all I want are the true facts, without fear mongering then it makes it easier to make a truly informed choice on what really is best for my children .......[/p][/quote]It's funny that the low uptake of MMR was blamed solely on 'controversial research' that put parents off having their children vaccinated. I really wanted and was willing to follow the advice of my GP, at the time of these 'controversial research' findings, but my GP was not willing to advise me. All I could get was 'It's up to you' . It was this totally non-committal attitude of the GP that made me feel that I could not have my child vaccinated as he wasn't even willing to tell me whether he would have his own child vaccinated, if in my situation. I did not want a guarantee that no child would suffer side-effects just some informal advice from someone whose opinion I respected. Of course when I took my child back to the same doctor, age 11, very poorly with an awful rash, he diagnosed measles and admonished me for not consenting to the second MMR jab and informed me that this was the unnecessary result. How wise! Incidentally, it turned out not to be measles anyway. lindlandl

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