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Measles cases up for third year in England

Posted in News by Skepdude on February 6, 2009

LONDON (Reuters) – Measles cases in England and Wales rose by more than 70 percent in 2008 from the previous year, mostly because of unvaccinated children, government health officials said on Friday.

The number of reported measles cases in England and Wales rose to 1,348 in 2008, from 990 a year earlier, Britain’s Health Protection Agency said.

At the same time, the number of children who have received their first dose of the vaccine by their second birthday has risen to about 80 percent.

But that is still well below the 95 percent vaccination coverage needed to confer so-called herd immunity to people in the general population who do not receive the vaccines.

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