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The Public Health England (PHE) today issued a call for mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination following the continuing outbreaks of measles cases in the country.

According to the PHE, 231 confirmed measles cases and 759 cases of mumps were reported in England in the first quarter of the year. Anyone who has not received two doses of MMR vaccine is at risk.

Health Minister Seema Kennedy urged parents and young people to help the government to prevent more cases by taking up the MMR vaccine.

“No child or young person should have to suffer from mumps, measles or rubella, and we must curb this recent increase in cases so we don’t see a return of horrible diseases of the past,” she said.

One dose of the MMR vaccine is about 90 to 95 per cent effective in preventing measles. The level of protection is around 99 per cent after a second dose.

“Measles can kill and it is incredibly easy to catch, especially if you are not vaccinated. Even one child missing their vaccine is one too many – if you are in any doubt about your child’s vaccination status, ask your GP as it’s never too late to get protected,” Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation, Public Health England.