Measles: Disease Control

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Chris Green Chris Green Conservative, Bolton West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the reinstatement of the UK's WHO measles-free status.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

As a first step toward the World Health Organization reinstating the United Kingdom’s measles-free status, Public Health England (PHE) re-convened a multi-stakeholder measles and rubella elimination group, including NHS England, to develop a UK-wide strategy. The purpose of the strategy is to renew stakeholders’ commitment to elimination and re-focus efforts to ensure this will be sustained in the medium- and long-term. A multi-agency implementation board is taking forward the actions of the strategy working with key national and local stakeholders.

NHS England and General Practitioners Committee England also agreed the introduction of a new measles, mumps and rubella catch-up programme for 10 and 11-year olds who have not received a completed course of vaccines via the routine immunisation programme.

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