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School’s almost out for summer! And Medway Council and NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging parents to make sure their children have had the full MMR vaccination before the school holidays begin. The long summer break involves travel, days out and contact with lots of people for many families. With a high number of cases of measles reported nationally this year and last, Medway Council and NHS Medway CCG say parents should make the vaccination a priority if their child has not had two doses. More

Families of children in Medway who may have missed out on their measles jabs are being urged to make sure the youngsters are protected against the disease. More

If you have a four-year-old starting school this autumn, are you sure all their vaccinations are up-to-date?
Hundreds of children in Kent and Medway miss out on the second jab to protect them against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). More

Figures released by the Health Protection Agency this month show that 665 laboratory confirmed cases of whooping cough were reported to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in England and Wales between January and March 2012, compared to a total of 1,040 cases during the whole of 2011. Almost a quarter of these cases were in the South East region, with some areas reporting clusters of cases in schools, universities and healthcare settings. More

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