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Letter: Measles victims

Sir: I hope the withdrawal of the single measles vaccine ("Measles jab withdrawn due to `high demand' ", 1 September) does not mean that children will not be vaccinated against measles. This disease is not to be taken lightly. Throughout the world many children die from it and I for one was left deaf in one ear by it.

It is easy for us in a healthy country to forget that diseases that have disappeared here are still commonplace elsewhere in the world. It is only through vigilance and immunisation programmes that diseases like smallpox and polio are eradicated.

Elsewhere in the world whether or not to have the triple MMR vaccination would not be a choice. It would not be available to mothers who would dearly love to protect their children in this way.