Published: 31/10/2002, Volume II2, No. 5829 Page 8

The London Assembly health committee has expressed concern that the Department of Health did not act quickly enough to tackle rising numbers of measles in the capital following a drop in the take-up of vaccinations.During the investigation into infant immunisation last week, Assembly members questioned whether the outbreak could have been prevented when coverage of the vaccine fell below the optimum level, and before an outbreak which resulted in 133 confirmed cases.Director of public health for London Dr Sue Atkinson said that the level of MMR immunisation across London was 75 per cent, but that the DoH had no way of knowing how many children above this figure were getting the single vaccinations through private means.The investigation report will be launched next month.