Young urged to get vaccinated

An Ilkeston GP surgery has urged young townsfolk to get the MMR vaccination after it has been revealed that Erewash had one of the lowest uptakes of the jab in the county.

A drop-in clinic has been arranged for Littlewick Medical Centre patients to get the vaccination after the recent measles outbreak in south Wales, where about 78 per cent had the vaccination.

More than 800 cases of measles have been reported in Swansea since November and 77 have needed hospital treatment.

Jane Careless, in charge of immunisation for the NHS in Derbyshire, said that only 89.4 per cent of children in Erewash got the jab, putting the area at risk of a similar outbreak.

“To get full protection for an area like Ilkeston you require 95 per cent of children to be vaccinated,” she said,

“Vaccination is safe and effective and I strongly advise that you contact your surgery to make an appointment for your child to receive the MMR vaccination as soon as possible.”

Everyone who missed their vaccination is now being targeted with a letter and the drop-in clinic at the Nottingham Road surgery is on Monday from 2.30pm to 6pm.

No appointment is necessary and there is even a prize draw for those who attend.

Children from the age of one can be vaccinated

The surgery is also offering booster shots at the clinic.