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Birmingham measles cases prompt MMR vaccination call

People in Birmingham are being encouraged to check that they, their children and teenagers have had two doses of MMR vaccine following confirmation of cases of measles within the city.

Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands is working with Birmingham City Council and local NHS partners to make sure that anyone in the city who needs an MMR vaccination is aware, following confirmed cases of measles in children in Birmingham. Most of the recent cases had not received the required two doses of MMR vaccine.

Look out for the elderly this winter

Elderly imageOlder people, in particular those that live alone, are especially susceptible to winter illnesses, yet it can be sometimes difficult for those at risk to admit that they need help. All too often elderly people end up being treated in hospital for long periods, with symptoms that might not have been so serious and could have been managed effectively at home, if they had only sought help sooner.