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Measles

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of measles there were in England in each year since 1997; and what the percentage uptake of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine was in each year since 1988 in (a) England and (b) each region. (79040)

Caroline Flint: Laboratory confirmed cases of measles in England and Wales between 1996 and 2005 are available on the Health Protection Agency’s (HPA) website at:

www.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/measles/data_mmr_ confirmed.htm

On the 15 June 2006, the HPA reported that they had received reports of 449 confirmed cases of measles in England and Wales in the period January to May 2006. Further information is available at:

www.hpa.org.uk/hpa/news/articles/press_releases/2006/060615_ measles.htm

Annual England data for years 1997 to 2005 are available from NHS Immunisation Statistics on the Department’s website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/Statistics/Statistical WorkArea