Parents are being urged to check their children are up-to-date with two doses of MMR vaccine after Public Health England and Southend Borough Council announced there were three cases of measles and five more suspected cases in Essex. All of them attend local day services for people with learning disabilities in the town called Project 49.
50 clients, staff and service users of Project 49 have been given MMR jabs who may have been exposed. 37 were already found to be immune.
Measles could easily spread with people travelling and gathering for Christmas celebrations and New Year celebrations.