Key messages on MMR vaccine, and what to do if you suspect your child has measles

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Jan 31 2024

See message below from Elizabeth (Ai Ming) Naylor, Head of Health Protection at H&F council

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 hospitalisation – and in rare cases tragically can cause death. Vaccines are our best line of defence 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.

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.

There is information available from the NHS on the MMR vaccine. MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine - NHS (

See also, “What to do if you think your child has measles and when to keep them off school?” published in the Education blog on GOV.UK

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