Rush for MMR jab as measles outbreak spreads to the North East where there have been 200 cases of the disease

Rush for MMR jab as measles outbreak spreads to the North East where there have been 200 cases of the disease 19 new measles cases in the Middlesbrough in the last week after 200 in the last six monthsFigure compares with 11 cases in the whole of 2010 and 18 in 2011 1,000 people queue for MMR jab in Swansea after outbreak .

Flu jabs are a "waste of taxpayer"s money", claim scientists who the benefits have been over-hyped

Flu jabs are a 'waste of taxpayers' money', claim scientists who say the benefits have been over-hyped<br> University of Minnesota report says benefits – especially for older people – have been over-promoted <br>New vaccine pipeline hindered as a result <br>But experts still recommend current vaccination 'as it's the best we have' <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 18:57 GMT, 22 November 2012 </p> <br><p>The benefits of the annual flu jab have been &#8216;over-hyped&#8217;, scientists claim.</p><p>They say the vaccine is far less effective than is widely believed, with some studies showing it protects less than two-thirds of the population.</p><p>The US researchers say ministers in Britain as well as America are &#8216;wasting taxpayers&#8217; money&#8217; on the jab.</p><p>And they claim that because the benefits have been so &#8216;over-promoted&#8217;, scientists have been deterred from inventing vaccines that would be far more effective.<br></p> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/21/article-2236253-16257656000005DC-198_468x286.jpg" width="468" height="286" alt="Flu jabs are a waste of taxpayer's money due to the protective effects of the vaccine being over-hyped, it has been claimed" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Flu jabs are a waste of taxpayer's money due to the protective effects of the vaccine being over-hyped, it has been claimed</p> TODAY'S POLL <p>Is the flu jab a waste of taxpayers' money</p> Yes No VOTE <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix//2012/11/22/article-999-16257656000005DC-830_108x76.jpg" width="108" height="76" alt="Flu Jab" /> POLL RESULTS Close All polls Click to view yesterday's poll results DM.has("rcp", "poll", { pollId: '1033334', channelId: '1', questionId: '' }); <p>But the Department of Health has insisted the flu jabs &#8216;save lives&#8217; and urged the elderly and patients with long-term conditions to come forward for their vaccinations.</p> <p>Researchers from the University of Minnesota looked at 12,000 studies on the effectiveness and safety of the flu jab, going back to the 1930s.

Jane Woodhead: Personal trainer hired for six-year-old girl

Boxing gloves, push-ups and jogging: Would you hire a personal trainer for your six-year-old | UPDATED: 21:00 GMT, 15 September 2012 On a crisp Saturday morning in September, Jasmine Malem is being put through her paces at a park near her home in Cheshire.

Boy, 4, left in agony after nurse leaves broken needle in his leg

Boy, 4, left in agony after nurse leaves broken needle in his leg during pre-school injection Father questioned where tip of needle had gone but nurse told him the needles never snappedNext day father took his son to hospital where X-ray confirmed needle under the skin PUBLISHED: 12:48 GMT, 6 August 2012 | UPDATED: 12:59 GMT, 6 August 2012 A father is suing the NHS after a nurse left a broken needle in his four-year-old son's leg.