Calderdale is free of measles

MMR vaccine
MMR vaccine

There have been no reported cases of measles in Calderdale during 2013, according to newly-released figures.

The statistics were revealed by Public Health England in the light of the ongoing national MMR catch-up programme.

The catch-up programme, run by Public Health England, NHS England, the Department of Health, and authorities, aims to prevent measles outbreaks by giving MMR to unvaccinated and partially-vaccinated ten to 16-year-olds.

Dr Stephen Morton, Centre Director for PHE in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “The number of measles cases is remaining stable in the Yorkshire and Humber area at the moment, but we are still seeing a small number of cases every month. We are making good progress towards the 95 per cent target, but there still remains a number of 10-16 year olds within the Yorkshire and the Humber area, together with some younger children and adults who are under-vaccinated.”