HEALTH chiefs are urging parents in Hartlepool to get their children vaccinated after an increase in measles cases.
Dedicated health teams are working across all secondary and primary schools in Hartlepool and Stockton as the vaccination programme got underway yesterday.
There has been eight confimed cases of measles in Hartlepool in the first three months of the year compared to none for the whole of the previous two years.
The North-East has seen 176 cases this year.
Louise Wallace, Hartlepool’s director of public health, said: “Measles is a highly infectious disease and people who contract it can feel very poorly.
“Children can be protected from measles and if they haven’t been vaccinated already I urge parents to complete the consent form and send it back to their child’s school as soon as possible.”
NHS Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has been commissioned to carry out vaccinations for youngsters aged five to 16.
Trust chief executive Alan Foster said: “This reinforces our wide role in the community, including primary and public health services.
“We need to do our very best to ensure that the vaccinations take place.”