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Jab offered over measles outbreak

More than 10,000 youngsters across Cheshire are being offered the MMR vaccine in an attempt to contain an outbreak of measles.

Health officials said there had been 62 reported cases of the illness mainly around Crewe, Sandbach and Middlewich.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said there had been 106 cases in the county since January.

Cheshire has the highest rate of reported measles cases in the UK outside of London in 2008.

Professor David Salisbury said: "This is the legacy. This is the milestone we carry because a decade ago we didn't vaccinate our children because of fear over the MMR jab."

More than 50% of cases have occurred in children of nursery and primary school age, said a HPA spokesman.



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