Measles cases continue to rise in England

•        Over one in ten children across England remain at risk of catching measles without both doses of the MMR vaccine

•        Measles is not just a childhood disease; adults can become seriously unwell

•        Measles in pregnancy is serious and can cause stillbirth, premature labour and miscarriage.

•        One in 15 measles cases can have complications such as meningitis, sepsis and blindness

•        The MMR vaccine is also available in a non-porcine version. Ask your GP surgery when booking your appointment if you would prefer this option.

•        Measles is one of the world's most infectious diseases, with one infected person giving it to approximately 15 other unvaccinated people. 

•        One in five children will require a hospital visit if they become unwell with measles (source)

•        The Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is safe and has been used since the early 1980s.

•        There is no medical treatment for measles; MMR vaccination is the best protection against becoming seriously unwell

•        MMR vaccination is free on the NHS with the first dose being offered when a child is one year and the second at 3 years and 4 months old. This provides long lasting protection against measles, mumps and rubella

•        The evidence is clear; there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism

Call to action

•        If you have missed any of your MMR vaccines contact your GP surgery to book an appointment

•        If your child / children have missed any of their MMR vaccines, contact their GP surgery to book an appointment

•        If you are unsure if your child / children are up to date with their vaccines check their red book (Child's health record).

•        If you are unsure if you are up to date with your vaccines contact the GP surgery

•        For more information on the MMR vaccine visit the NHS website


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