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New MMR awareness campaign amid surge in mumps and measles

By Lilian Anekwe

The Department of Health has launched a renewed awareness campaign to try and boost falling MMR uptake rates.

Between January and April 2008 the number of confirmed measles and mumps cases increased to over 600 and 2886 respectively - higher than the annual totals for the previous two years.

The latest figures show 72.4% of children had received both doses of the MMR vaccine by the end of May 2009.

In a bid to tackle the rise, a DH-sponsored road show will this month visit 12 measles hotspots across England, including Liverpool, Nottingham and Brighton, to give parents the facts on measles and the MMR vaccination.

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