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PARENTS are being urged to make sure their children take part in the MMR catch-up programme.

West Sussex County Council public health officers are encouraging residents to take up the programme to increase MMR vaccination uptake in children and teenagers.

The national programme is in response to the increase in measles cases. The highest number of cases in England is in the north west and north east.

The aim of the national programme is to prevent measles outbreaks by vaccinating as many unvaccinated and partially vaccinated 10 – 16-year-olds as possible in time for the next school year.

The council’s director of public health and wellbeing, Judith Wright, said: ‘We’ve all seen the national media coverage and the fact remains that measles can be a very dangerous disease.

‘The only way to prevent measles outbreaks is to ensure good uptake of the MMR vaccine across all age groups.’

As reported yesterday, the campaign has also been launched in Portsmouth.