UK Measles

Global Health Security Begins At Home

Seth Berkley | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK
Seth Berkley

Too often parents who remain worried by such claims believe they are erring on the side of caution by not vaccinating their child, believing that no harm can come from this. Yet by doing so they are inadvertently perpetuating the spread and the very existence of the disease, and through that human suffering. The fact is, a measles outbreak anywhere is a risk everywhere. Global health security means thinking globally and acting locally.

Somalia Crisis: One By One, My Children Slipped Away

Sean Ryan | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Sean Ryan

Across Somalia, the country worst affected by the Horn of Africa's escalating food crisis, more than half a million people are on the move in epic scenes that show not only the desperate urgency of fundraising appeals but also, sadly, the limits of the aid agencies' reach.

Immunisations: Saving Lives, Whatever It Takes

Nicholas Alusa | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Nicholas Alusa

Measles is a highly contagious, horrific disease. If left untreated it can lead to death. There's no specific treatment. All us medics can do is isolate the sufferer, give them vitamin A, and hope for the best.

Edinburgh Uni Hit With Measles As Outbreak Sweeps Across City

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The University of Edinburgh has urged students to make sure they are fully vaccinated against measles after NHS Lothian named the university as the ce...

Measles: Everything You Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Parents

Measles is not something that concerns lots of UK parents as most children (92%) are given the MMR jab as part of routine childhood vaccinations. Howe...

Dad's Heartfelt Open Letter To Anti-Vaxxers Goes Viral

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Parents

A father whose five-month-old daughter contracted measles has penned a powerful public message to "anti-vaxxers", which has gone viral on Facebook. ...

Disneyland Measles Outbreak Linked To The Anti-Vaccination Movement

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A measles outbreak that begin in Disneyland, California and rapidly spread to communities across America was linked to low vaccination rates, a study ...

The Realities of Not Vaccinating

Sarah Mehta | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Mehta

In our individualist culture, it's tempting to think that the vaccination is an individual choice. But diseases like measles remind us that no person (or family) is an island, and vaccinations are an essential responsibility towards our community as well as ourselves.

I Know Your Fear Anti-Vaxxers, But This Isn't Your Choice

Lucy Unwin | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK
Lucy Unwin

The crux of my problem with the current debate is that this just isn't one of those decisions we make for our families alone. This isn't one of the times where you get to weigh it up and make the call. This isn't about your individual freedom, its about basic community responsibility.

Roald Dahl's Letter On Measles Vaccinations Is Heartbreaking

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

In 1962, Roald Dahl's eldest daughter, Olivia, died from measles at the age of seven. More than 20 years later the author, best known for works su...

How To Spot Measles Symptoms

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

More than 70 measles cases have been reported in the US, with more than half of those linked to an outbreak at Disney theme park in California. Mea...

The Resurgence of Preventable Diseases

Harry Brown | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Brown

For each new person promoting falsehoods about vaccines - the MDGs become that much harder to accomplish. In India, a country known for its political dysfunction, it has achieved extraordinary success by setting clear policy goals with adequate levels of funding and clear lines of responsibility.

Bid To Vaccinate Thousands Of Children To Stop Measles Epidemic

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.05.2013 | UK

Almost 43,000 at-risk children and teenagers are being targeted in an urgent vaccination effort in the face of a spreading measles epidemic. Health...

Students Vaccinated After 'Serious' Measles Outbreak

PA | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Secondary school children rolled up their sleeves on Friday to receive the MMR jab in one of the areas worst affected by the measles outbreak. Arou...

1m Targeted In MMR Catch-Up Campaign

PA | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK

Around a million children and teenagers are to be targeted in a national catch-up vaccination campaign aimed at curbing a rise in measles cases in Eng...

Hunt Vows To 'Slay Myth Of MMR'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said that the "myth" surrounding the MMR jab must be "slayed". Shamed doctor Andrew Wakefield was struck off the medic...

Thousands Vaccinated To Prevent Measles Epidemic Spread

PA | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK

More than 2,000 people were vaccinated on Saturday at clinics set up to tackle a measles epidemic in south Wales. Queues of people turned up early ...

Government At Fault For Measles Outbreak, MMR Jab Doctor Claims

Posted 13.04.2013 | UK

As the number of cases in a measles outbreak in south Wales continues to rise towards 700, the Department of Health (DoH) has denied that government p...

Measles Epidemic Sees Over 1000 Queue Up For Jabs

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK

More than 1,000 people - mainly children - queued up for MMR vaccinations today in the wake of the measles epidemic. The number of confirmed cases ...

Outbreak Of Measles In Wales

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK

The number of confirmed cases of measles in the Swansea epidemic has risen to 588, Public Health Wales has confirmed. The latest figure shows 40 ne...

Worst Outbreak Of Measles 'Since 1988'

PA | Posted 03.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle

More than 200 confirmed cases of measles on Merseyside have contributed to the worst outbreak of the disease since 1988, according to the Health Prote...

Doubling our Impact in a Single Shot

Helen Evans | Posted 18.04.2012 | UK
Helen Evans

We have a chance to make history in the fight against rubella and measles. The human and economic toll of these diseases is huge and preventable.

Measles Is Back

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK

A measles outbreak has been declared after six people required hospital treatment. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said there were 13 confirmed ...

Students Warned Of Possible Meningitis Outbreak

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 21.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Students returning to university have been warned of the risk of meningitis and measles after a rise in cases in recent year. The Health Protectio...

Saving Lives, Taking Risks... and NCDs

Peter Byass | Posted 03.11.2011 | UK
Peter Byass

We're hearing more and more in the media about the UN General Assembly meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which will take place in New York...