ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 17: Fans attend the game between Eastern Michigan University Eagles and the University of Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan defeated Eastern Michigan 31-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)This Saturday, the Maryland Terrapins will meet the No. 15 Michigan Wolverines in an appealing Big Ten showdown. The Wolverines enter tomorrow’s game with a 4-1 record, while the Terrapins have a 3-1 record.Preview: Maryland’s last performance was downright dominant, as the Terrapins defeated Minnesota by 29 points. The one loss on the season was against Temple.For Michigan, the season started off in disappointing fashion, losing to Notre Dame on the road. Since that rivalry game, the Wolverines have won their last four games in convincing fashion. Although Shea Patterson hasn’t had a breakout performance yet, Jim Harbaugh’s offense is creating an identity.Why Michigan must avoid a slow start against Maryland tomorrow ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️ https://t.co/2DIVvfMS5h pic.twitter.com/aNxGSWtUKo— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 5, 2018Date: Saturday, October 6Game Time: 12:00 PM ETChannel: ABCLocation: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MichiganAnnouncers: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, and Todd McShayPrediction: Maryland allows just 22.8 points per contest, but facing Michigan on the road is quite the challenge. With the crowd rocking and the Wolverines giving Karan Higdon a plethora of touches, it’s hard to envision the Terrapins pulling off the upset.Overall, Michigan provides balance on both sides of the ball, which should lead the Wolverines to victory. The Wolverines win by 13.
Up to a quarter of young children are not vaccinated against measles in some parts of the country, official figures show. Health officials urged parents to book jabs before children return to school, amid warnings that Britain has lost its “measles-free” status.Experts said many outbreaks in this country were being fuelled by visits to European countries over the summer holidays. Monthly figures show that across Europe, France has the highest number of cases, with 469 cases, followed by Bulgaria, Italy and Poland. Between them the four countries had more than 1,000 cases in June, while there were 33 in the UK. Public Health England (PHE) warned that the disease was more likely to spread across the UK after holidays abroad, and when children return to school.The figures show that across the country, one in seven five-year-olds have not had both MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines. This rises to one in four in London.In total, this leaves around 90,000 children unprotected as they prepare to start school.The number of people being vaccinated against the virus has steadily declined in recent years, while cases of measles have quadrupled in the last 12 months. In the first quarter of this year, there were 231 confirmed cases. Dr Ramsay said: “We’re particularly concerned about children being at greater risk of measles. We’re continuing to see outbreaks of the disease occurring in communities across the country, many linked to visiting European countries over the summer holidays. The vast majority of those affected are not fully immunised and vaccine preventable diseases spread more easily in schools. It’s crucial that children have maximum protection as they begin to mix with other children at the start of their school journey.“We often think that these diseases are confined to the past, but the World Health Organisation has recently confirmed that measles is no longer eliminated in England. Whilst tetanus and polio are still rare thanks to the success of the NHS childhood immunisation programme, over the past few years we’ve also seen cases of whooping cough and diphtheria in school-aged children.” Officials said parents could check the vaccines schedule at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/nhs-vaccinations-and-when-to-have-them/ and refer to “your child’s Red Book”. “One case of this horrible disease is too many, and I am determined to step up our efforts to tackle its spread.”This is a global challenge and there’s a number of reasons why people don’t get themselves or their children the vaccines they need, but we need decisive action across our health service and society to make sure communities are properly immunised.”Mr Johnson called for health leaders to renew their efforts to ensure 95 per cent of the population have had both doses of the MMR vaccine, as currently only 87.2 per cent of children have the second dose of the jab.Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at PHE, said: “It’s a real concern that so many young children – as many as a quarter of a reception class in some areas – could be starting school without the full protection that the NHS childhood immunisation programme offers for free. We know that parents want the best protection for their children and so many may be unaware that their child is not up-to-date. We’re urging all parents of primary school starters to check their child’s Red Book now to make sure there is a record of two MMR doses and the 4-in-1 booster vaccine. If not, parents should contact their GP practice to arrange any further vaccinations that are needed.” Today Boris Johnson accused social media firms of doing too little to stop the spread of dangerous “anti-vax” misinformation.The prime minister, , who will call a summit of social media companies to discuss how they can play their part in promoting accurate information about vaccination, said: “After a period of progress where we were once able to declare Britain measles free, we’ve now seen hundreds of cases of measles in the UK this year. Britain was declared “measles free” by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2016 after a 36-month period with no “endemic” transmission – meaning the only outbreaks in that time had started abroad.Since 2016, however, uptake of the MMR jab has fallen each year and the WHO has now revoked the country’s measles-free status.Latest statistics from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control show that in June France had 469 cases of measles in June, with 236 cases in Bulgaria, 213 in Italy and 123 in Poland. Health officials warned that unvaccinated children in Britain are at high risk of measles, especially when they return to school.They urged parents of unvaccinated children who are about to start primary school to book them in for jabs. And officials said parents of 10 and 11 year-olds who have missed any MMR vaccinations should be booked in for appointments before starting secondary school. In the UK, dose 1 of the MMR vaccine, which protects against Measles, Mumps and Rubella, is usually given to infants at around 12 months of age. A second dose is given before school, usually at 3 years and 4 months of age, to ensure best protection. Two doses of MMR in a lifetime are needed for a person to be considered fully protected. Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health said: “The loss of our ‘measles-free’ status is a huge blow to the significant progress that has been made in preventing this potentially fatal disease. Uptake for the MMR vaccine has persistently been below the 95 per cent target over the last few years, and if this doesn’t change, we can absolutely expect to see a further rise in cases of this serious illness.“Catch-up programmes for those who have missed out, as well as targeting communities that have been hardest to reach, are important steps the Government must take. It’s clear also that the social media giants have a part to play in curbing the spread of vaccine misinformation online. Our report, Moving the Needle, found that two in five parents see negative messages about vaccines on social media, so it’s encouraging to see that the Prime Minister plans to get social media companies round the table to find ways to address this. ” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.