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Half a million UK children missed Measle vaccine

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Health Desk-25 April, 2019: More than half a million children in the UK were not given a crucial measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017, an analysis by charity Unicef reveals.

It comes as NHS chief Simon Stevens warned measles cases had almost quadrupled in just one year and urged families to get the vaccine.

He said people rejecting vaccines was a "growing public health time bomb".

Globally, 169 million children missed out on the first dose of the vaccine over seven years, the report found.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can lead to serious health complications, including infections of the lungs, eyes and brain. In one in 25,000 cases, brain complications can be fatal.

Babies and children with weakened immune systems are most at risk of complications - more common ones include diarrhoea and vomiting, lung infections and fits caused by a fever.

Millions of lives worldwide have been saved by the measles vaccinations given to young children - but too many are still dying, the children's charity Unicef says.

Health experts, however, say children should have two doses of the vaccine to fully protect against the disease.

Courtesy: BBC Health 

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