Following a number of deaths across Europe, parents in Glasgow and Clyde are ensuring their children are protected against measles, mumps and rubella by getting their children vaccinated.
Outbreaks in France, Spain, Romania, Macedonia, and Uzbekistan, which resulted in a number of deaths from measles, coupled with scientific studies discounting the Wakefield study, has seen uptake rates for the MMR across Glasgow and Clyde steadily increase since 2003.
In Glasgow and Clyde uptake rates have risen from an all time low of 86.8% in 2003 to 96.2% by the age of five years exceeding the national target and one of the highest rates in Scotland.
Dr Syed Ahmed, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, said: “We are delighted the message that MMR vaccination is safe is getting across to parents.
“Over the last few years we have seen a significant rise in the number of children being immunised and that will go a long way in preventing outbreaks of any of the three diseases.
“None of these diseases are pleasant for children or young adults and measles can be particularly distressing for both the child and the parent and can often result in a hospital stay.
“The publication of the Wakefield study resulted in a lot of parents choosing not to have their children vaccination. However, evidence has shown overwhelmingly that the Wakefield study was flawed and parents are now reassured of the vaccinations safety.
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