Measles update: Parents urged to stay vigilant
Parents are urged to remain vigilant following the measles outbreak in Street and Glastonbury.
According to the latest figures from Somerset County Council and Public Health England there have been no new cases confirmed in the last month.
Somerset County Council spokesman Peter Elliott said: “There have been 16 notifications of suspected measles cases, of which 10 cases have been confirmed. Two remain suspected (samples were never submitted) and four were negative.
“There were three notificaations in Shepton Mallet, three outside the county and the rest were in Street and Glastonbury.”
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Measles can be fatal and can cause sterility, deafness and brain damage. It is potentially a very serious illness for certain groups of people, including pregnant women and their unborn children, cancer patients and those on organ transplant drugs.
Before July there had been just one case of measles in Somerset in the first half of this year. A spokesman for Public Health England said that 10 cases had been confirmed in Somerset in July, with the outbreak occurring in the Street and Glastonbury areas. He said there were no new confirmed cases.
If your child has not had the MMR vaccination, you can contact your GP. Parents are advised to make sure their children have been vaccinated with both doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine as soon as possible.
According to a 2012 Primary Care Trust report, more than a quarter of children in Glastonbury have not been given the MMR jab.