Children at risk following MMR gaffe

It was announced yesterday that up to 40,000 children may have to be re-immunised with the combined MMR jab following the revelation that two clinics administering separate vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella failed to follow correct procedures. The scandal involves the Elstree Aerodrome clinic in Hertfordshire and the Hillsborough Arena clinic in Sheffield, both of which are now closed.

The Department of Health has suggested that all children given the separate jabs at the clinics over a 10-year period are at risk of the diseases, and recommended they should now receive the controversial combined jab.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said: 'We are advising parents of children who received a single vaccine at these clinics to contact their family doctor. They should not be alarmed, but they do need to ensure that their children are protected against measles, mumps and rubella.'

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