Be Aware – Measles Outbreaks
Since November, a number of measles outbreaks have been declared across the country, as well as elsewhere in Europe. All the UK cases have been reported in children and adults who have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine.
Measles is highly infectious and can lead to serious complications, particularly in immunosuppressed individuals and young infants. It is also more severe in pregnancy, and increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or preterm delivery.
It’s Never Too Late
If possible, children should receive their two scheduled doses of MMR vaccine when they are 12 months and 3 years. The surgery will contact you at the correct time. However it is never too late. There is no upper age limit for receiving the vaccine so older children and adults can still catch up. This includes patients born before 1970 who have no history of measles or MMR vaccination.
If you think you, or your child, may not have had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine, please contact the surgery to discuss receiving any missed doses.