Measles – have you been vaccinated?

Monday 8 April 2019

 

  • Around one in 10 five year olds in Milton Keynes have not had both doses of MMR vaccine

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness which spreads very easily.

People with measles can get a cough, runny nose, rash and fever.  The illness can be very unpleasant and can sometimes lead to serious complications, in particular for people whose immune system is not working normally.

Director of Public Health Muriel Scott said: “The best way to prevent measles is through the MMR vaccination, which is safe and highly effective; however, around one in 10 five year olds in Milton Keynes have not had both doses of MMR”.

The MMR vaccine is available to all adults and children who are not up to date with their 2 doses.  Anyone who is not sure if they are fully vaccinated should check with their GP practice.  

If you would like more information on measles visit: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/measles/Pages/introduction.aspx