Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust today confirmed that one of
its former patients, a baby of eight months, nearly died from measles.
Fortunately Lydia is now doing well and has been home for some time.
Dr David Elliman, a consultant in paediatric community health at GOSH said:
was too young to have the MMR vaccine. If everyone around her had been
immunised, she would not have caught the disease. This is the classic
reason why we need ‘herd immunity’ - having your child immunised
protects your child, but also many other children.
seen babies very ill from whooping cough (pertussis) because their older
brothers and sisters have not been immunised.”
Dr Elliman added:
child is never too old to be immunised against measles, mumps and
rubella. Two doses of MMR are necessary to give full protection against
For more information please visit: http://www.immunisation.nhs.uk/
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