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Parents urged to checked children are up to date with MMR vaccine due to rise in measles cases

By 23rd January 2024January 24th, 2024No Comments

Parents and carers are being encouraged to check whether their children are up to date with their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine due to an increase in measles cases across England.

Measles can spread very easily among people who are unvaccinated, especially in nurseries and schools.

In some children measles can be very serious and lead to hospitalisation – and in rare cases it can cause death.

Measles symptoms include a high fever and a blotchy red-brown rash, as well as a runny nose, cough or eye infection.

Anyone with symptoms is being advised to stay at home and phone their GP or NHS 111 for advice.

Vaccines are our best line of defence against diseases like measles and help stop outbreaks occurring in the community.

Parents and carers are asked to check their children are up to date with their two MMR doses. You can check your child’s personal health record, known as the red book, or contact your GP practice.

The MMR vaccine is free, safe, and effective, whatever your age. Two doses provide 99% protection against catching measles.

You can find more information on the MMR vaccine from the Healthier Together website. For more information and resources, visit our advice and information page.

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