Increase in measles cases in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

There has been a large increase in the number of reported cases of measles in the counties of Kent, Sussex and Surrey. In the first three months of 2011, 19 cases of measles have been reported in Kent, up from only 7 cases in the county for all of 2010. In Sussex and Surrey, there have been 20 cases reported in 2011 compared with 46 throughout 2010.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is encouraging parents to always protect their children with two vaccinations of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, a routine childhood immunisation in the UK.

Travellers to Europe should be aware of the risk of exposure to this highly infectious illness and ensure that their childhood vaccinations are up-to-date.

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