Schools measles jabs scheme ‘going well’

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A MEASLES vaccination programme is going well according to health bosses.

Dedicated health teams are working in all secondary and primary schools in Hartlepool and Stockton after a rise in cases of the infectious disease.

Alan Foster, chief executive of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said the programme is in full swing.

He told a board meeting of the trust: “The programme is well on track. We have got some excellent feedback from the public health teams.

“Things are going well and hopefully it will have the desired effect in years to come.”

There was eight confirmed cases of measles in Hartlepool in the first three months of this year compared to none in the previous two years.

The North-East as a whole reported 176 cases.

It is thought the rise, which has also been seen in other parts of the country, is due to parents not giving their children the MMR jab around 10 years ago over fears it was linked to autism.