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MMR vaccination catch-up campaign in schools

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A schools-based MMR vaccination programme may be required when children return after the summer holidays in order to meet immunisation targets, Public Health England (PHE) has acknowleded.

The national MMR vaccination catch-up campaign,launched in April, has resulted in GP practices ordering 200,000 additional doses of MMR vaccine but the figure falls ‘far short' of doses needed to immunise the one million at-risk children.

PHE figures show there were 288 measles cases in England in April (compared to 175 in April 2012), bringing the current 2013 total to 962.

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