Did you know that the MMR vaccine protects children against three infections? These are measles, mumps, and rubella. The MMR vaccine is the safest and most effective way for parents and guardians to protect their children against these infections.
One in 10 children under the age of 5 in England hasn’t had one or both of their MMR vaccines which means that measles importations could lead to outbreaks. Measles can infect around 9 out of 10 people who are unvaccinated or have not previously been infected with the measles virus, or those exposed to it and can lead to serious complications.
Now, parents and guardians are being encouraged to ensure their children are vaccinated against MMR, and if they can’t remember if their child is up to date to check their Red Book (personal child health record).
Parents or guardians of children who are not up to date with their two doses of MMR vaccine should contact their GP practice to book an appointment. It’s never too late to catch up and protect your child with both MMR vaccines. Contact your GP practice to book their first or second dose.