The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has reported an increase in measles across the country including London and is encouraging people to check that they and their children have had two doses of the MMR vaccine.
The free MMR vaccine is a safe and effective way of protecting against measles, as well as mumps and rubella.
It’s important for parents to take up the offer of MMR vaccination for their children when offered at 1 year of age and as a pre-school booster at three years, four months of age. If children and young adults have missed these vaccinations in the past, it’s important to take up the vaccine now from GPs, particularly in light of the recent cases.
Check your child’s Red Book to see if they’ve received MMR vaccinations as scheduled or check with your GP surgery if you’re unsure. Most healthy adults will have developed some immunity to measles but can still receive two doses of the vaccine from their GP too.
If your child has not previously had an MMR vaccination and:
- Is aged between 1 and 25 years old and
- Is registered at a practice within the borough of Sutton
You can book an appointment at the MMR Catch-Up Clinic, visit https://www.suttonpcns.co.uk/our-services/mmr-catch-up-clinic for details.
Anyone with symptoms is also being advised to stay at home and phone their GP or NHS 111 for advice.
Measles symptoms to be aware of include:
- high fever
- sore, red, watery eyes
- aching and feeling generally unwell
- a blotchy red brown rash, which usually appears after the initial symptoms.
For more information about measles, see the nhs.uk website.