Measles and the MMR Vaccination

Message from Worcestershire Public Health:

This week (24 to 30 April) is World Immunisation Week. As part of this, Public Health in Worcestershire are encouraging everyone to ensure they are up to date with their MMR vaccinations. Measles is a very infectious viral illness that is spread by coughs and sneezes. It spreads very quickly to non-immune children and adults who are unvaccinated or have not previously been infected. It can be a serious illness.

Measles usually starts with cold-like symptoms which can include a high temperature, a runny or blocked nose, cough/sneezing, sore red eyes, white spots inside the mouth and a rash.

The MMR vaccine is a safe and effective combined vaccine and protects against 3 serious illnesses: Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Two doses of the MMR vaccine are needed to get the best protection from measles. The first dose is given at the age of 12 months and the second dose is given at three years and four months, before starting school. Having both doses gives long lasting protection.

Parents or guardians of children who are not up to date with their two doses of MMR vaccine should contact their GP practice to book an appointment. It’s never too late to catch up. Adults who have never previously had the MMR vaccine or have only had one dose of it, should contact their GP surgery to arrange to catch up with outstanding doses.

For more information on measles, MMR vaccine and seeking medical advice please visit: Measles – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

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