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The Health Protection Agency expert assessing the results of London's MMR catch-up campaign has called for similar schemes to be rolled out across the UK.

Dr Graham Fraser, regional epidemiologist at HPA London, said: 'It's definitely going to be needed. There's a growing problem in other regions. They're also accumulating susceptible kids.'

Early results from the

London scheme, presented at the HPA annual conference in Warwick, indicate 45 per cent of parents returned consent forms for MMR and two-

thirds of children then identified as eligible received the

vaccine.

Dr Fraser said data from London had yet to be analysed fully, but the HPA's Centre for Infections in Colindale was convinced further catch-up campaigns would be required to bring the mumps epidemic in check.

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