Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil is reiterating his call to island parents to ensure their children receive lifesaving vaccinations.

This comes following recent media reports that the UK has lost its World Health Organization ‘measles-free’ status.

Vaccinations such as the MMR are the biggest health successes of the last century and are the only way to protect your child against some serious diseases.

Angus MacNeil MP said:“In the spring, I was pleased to hear from NHS Western Isles that uptake of the MMR first dose in the Western Isles is back above the target of 95% despite a drop in uptake in 2017.

“Recent media reports that the UK has lost its World Health Organization ’measles-free’ status is concerning.

“Vaccination is one of the most effective preventative measures to protect the health and wellbeing of our children and again I would urge parents to help maintain high levels of uptake by ensuring children receive the vaccine.”