Vaccinate against measles, mumps and rubella

Public Health England urges parents to vaccinate against measles, mumps and rubella

Public Health England (PHE) experts are calling for all parents to get their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) when the vaccine is offered, or for them to take it up now if they didn’t have it at the scheduled time.

MMR vaccine is offered routinely to infants in England, as part of the NHS Childhood Immunisation Programme, from 12 months of age with a second dose offered at 3 years and 4 months of age. Those who missed out will remain susceptible to the diseases, but are still recommended to get the vaccine.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications. It’s now less common in the UK because of the effective MMR vaccination programme. Although usually a mild illness in children, measles can be more severe in adults.

Those who are unvaccinated, remain susceptible to the disease. 2 doses of MMR vaccination also provides protection against 2 other common highly infectious diseases: mumps and rubella.

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