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Public reminded to check they are up-to-date with MMR vaccine

18 Dec 2019by lindseyh

Heath Chiefs in Dudley are urging people to check they are up-to-date with two doses of MMR vaccine.

The call comes following concerns raised at the CCG Board meeting this week over the decline in uptake of childhood immunisations.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and lead to serious complications, especially in people with immune problems, pregnant women, and in babies younger than one year.

Symptoms of measles typically include:

• high fever (temperature of 39°C or higher)
• sore, red, watery eyes
• coughing
• aching and feeling generally unwell
• a blotchy red brown rash, which usually appears 1-2 days after the initial symptoms

Dr Ruth Edwards, GP and Clinical Executive, Dudley CCG, said: “Measles is extremely infectious. It is really important that anyone who hasn’t already had two doses of the MMR vaccine contacts their GP surgery for an appointment to get vaccinated. If you’re unsure whether you or your children have had 2 MMRs, first check your child’s Red Book or contact your GP surgery. You do not need additional MMR vaccines if you and your children have all had two MMR vaccines.”

Because measles is so infectious, anyone with symptoms is advised NOT to go to their GP or a hospital without telephoning first. This allows arrangements to be made to reduce the chance of spreading the infection in GP or hospital waiting rooms.

The free MMR vaccine is a safe and effective way of protecting against measles, mumps and rubella. It is particularly important for parents to take up the offer of MMR vaccination for their children at 1 year of age and as a pre-school booster at 3-years 4 months of age.

If children and young adults have missed these vaccinations in the past, they are recommended to ask their GP practice for the vaccine now.