Derbyshire parents are reminded to make sure their child has had the MMR vaccine

Parents of Derbyshire school pupils have been sent letters reminding them to make sure their children get the MMR vaccine.

Derbyshire County Council has written to all parents via primary and secondary schools as part of its work in partnership with Public Health England and the NHS to keep the number of measles cases in Derbyshire low.

There have been just four reported cases of measles in the county this year, and the majority of cases in the current outbreaks across the UK have been reported in unvaccinated school children and young adults, with nearly half of all cases reported in ten to 16-year-olds who have not had the two doses of vaccine needed to provide a higher level of immunity.

Councillor Dave Allen, county council Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, said: “We have a strong MMR vaccination record in Derbyshire with 94 per cent of two-year-olds and 93 per cent of five-year-olds vaccinated, but there remain some children who are unvaccinated or have not had both vaccines.

“We estimate that around 2,700 Derbyshire ten to 16-year-olds have not had any vaccine and 5,200 have had just one dose.”