Measles in London (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1673
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Given that London has the lowest uptake of the MMR vaccine in the country, Is the Mayor concerned about a possible measles outbreak in London? What have you done to avert this?

Answer

Answer for Measles in London (1)

Answer for Measles in London (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Figures recently published by Public Health England (PHE) show that the number of measles cases in London is much lower than in some other parts of England (this data is available at http://www.hpa.org.uk/webc/HPAwebFile/HPAweb_C/1317138802384).

I recently met my statutory health advisor, Dr Yvonne Doyle (London Regional Director, Public Health England) to discuss rates of measles in London. I have sought and received assurances from PHE that there is no imminent risk of a widespread measles outbreak in London and that small outbreaks in high risk communities continue to be closely monitored and carefully managed by local health protection teams.

In a recent statement, I urged all parents of children who are not vaccinated, or who are unsure whether their children have been vaccinated, to visit their GP for advice.