Portsmouth parents urged to act on MMR jabs

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PORTSMOUTH falls below the national average for uptake of child vaccinations.

Figures released by Portsmouth City Council, show between 2011 to 2012, 84 per cent of children went for the second measles mumps and rubella vaccination, which is given before age five.

This leaves around 400 children without the protection.

The national target is 95 per cent.

To help boost numbers, the city council is asking parents to ensure their children are protected, by getting the inoculation.

Matt Pickerill, development manager for health protection at the city council, said: ‘It is important that all parents know how important childhood vaccinations are.

‘They not only protect individual children from potentially serious illness, but also the communities that they live in.

‘We’re determined to vaccinate as many children as possible, but we need your help to do this.

‘Please speak to your GP practice today about getting your child vaccinated, if you haven’t already.’

The plea comes days after the outbreak of measles in the Swansea area, where over 600 unvaccinated children have contracted the disease.

To find out more about vaccinations, visit parentsasheroes.com.