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Book your child’s measles vaccination
Measles cases are on the rise nationally and it’s important to make sure you and your family are vaccinated and know the symptoms to look out for.
Measles spreads very easily among those who are unvaccinated, especially in nurseries and schools, and can be a very unpleasant illness and in some children can be very serious and lead to the need for hospital care. In rare cases it can cause death. Vaccines are our best protection against diseases like measles and help stop outbreaks occurring in the community.
We are calling on all parents and guardians to make sure their children are up to date with their 2 MMR doses. To see if your child is up to date with their MMR vaccines, check your child’s personal child health record (PCHR), known as the red book, or contact your GP practice.
Normally the first is given at 12 months and the second at around three years and four months old.
It is never too late to catch up. The MMR vaccine is free on the NHS, whatever your age. If anyone has missed one or both doses of the MMR vaccine, contact your GP practice to book an appointment.
You can find out more here https://wyhealthiertogether.nhs.uk/parentscarers/worried-your-child-unwell/measles
Symptoms and care
Measles usually starts with cold-like symptoms, followed by a rash a few days later. Some people may also get small spots in their mouth.
Measles is a virus which spreads very easily from person to person, so anyone with symptoms is advised to stay at home and phone their GP or NHS 111 for advice, rather than visiting the surgery or A&E, to prevent the illness spreading further.
Please do not go to your GP surgery or any other healthcare setting without calling ahead first.