Update on measles outbreaks across England

20 November 2018

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Public Health England (PHE) has advised the public to ensure they have had two doses of MMR vaccine after outbreaks of measles were confirmed across England.

Between 1 January 2018 and 31 October 2018, there have been 913 laboratory-confirmed measles cases in England. This steep rise in cases (when compared to 259 laboratory-confirmed measles cases in 2017), was associated with outbreaks linked to importations from Europe which had led to limited spread in the community, particularly among teenagers and young adults who missed out on their MMR vaccine when they were younger.

The measles outbreaks previously reported in different parts of the country are now under control, and there has been a sharp decline in the number of measles cases reported.

Source: PHE, 12 November 2018