PERFORMANCE: NHS Surrey is reminding parents of the importance of protecting their children by getting them vaccinated.

According to latest figures, one in 10 children living in Surrey have not been immunised against childhood illnesses such as diphtheria, tetanus, and polio by their second birthday.

NHS Surrey public health consultant Janet Lambley said: “Worryingly Surrey has a lower uptake of childhood immunisations than other areas.

“For example, only 70 per cent of Surrey children have had both doses of the MMR vaccine by their fifth birthday, which means three in every 10 children in the county are at risk of catching measles.”