You may be aware that there has been an increase in the number of measles cases in England with some local outbreaks. This is to advise you how to protect your child and others.
Measles can cause very serious illness - Measles usually causes a runny nose, red eyes, cough, high temperature and rash. It can also cause complications including ear infections, diarrhoea, pneumonia and convulsions. It is more likely to be serious in pregnant women, people whose immunity is not working properly and babies under a year of age. Very serious complications, such as inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) are rare, but can be fatal.
Measles spreads very easily - Measles is one of the most infectious diseases known. You can catch measles if you spend 15 minutes with someone who has the disease. The measles virus is spread through the air and in tiny droplets that come out of the nose and mouth of an infected person.
MMR vaccine provides safe and effective protection against measles, mumps and rubella - MMR vaccine has been shown across the world to be a safe and effective way of preventing measles. It can protect your child and others against measles infection and its serious consequences.
In light of the continuing measles activity across the country, we strongly recommend that you arrange for your child to have the first dose of MMR vaccine now and the second dose one month later. Two doses of MMR vaccine offer the best way to protect your child against measles, mumps and rubella. .
To make an appointment for your child to have the vaccine or to answer any queries please contact the surgery.