Measles is a highly infectious viral illness. It is now uncommon in the UK due to the effectiveness of vaccination. However, since 2016, there has been a rise in cases because take-up of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine has fallen. The UK, therefore, no longer has ‘measles-free’ status.
Early years settings are helping to solve loneliness in their local areas by making links to isolated parents, older people, socially excluded teenagers and disadvantaged communities such as refugees. Meredith Jones Russell reports