Since November, a number of measles outbreaks have been declared in England, and have been linked to outbreaks in Europe. All of the cases have been reported in children and adults who have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine.
Public Health England has reiterated that parents should take up the offer of MMR vaccination for their children at 1 year of age, and as a pre-school booster at 3 years and 4 months of age. MMR vaccine is available to all adults and children who are not up to date with their two doses. Anyone who is not sure if they are protected should check with their GP practice. The vaccine can also be given from six months of age before travel to a high risk country.
More information on measles, including symptoms, is at NHS Choices (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/measles/) If you suspect you or a another person has measles – don’t go to a doctors surgery, walk in centre or your local accident and emergency department – rather call ahead. That way if you do have measles – you won’t pass it on to others.
The resources below may be useful. They include posters and leaflets that can be printed and displayed, as well as links to further, specific information relating to pregnancy and vaccinations:
MMR leaflet – product code: 3219250 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mmr-for-all-general-leaflet
Think measles leaflet – product code 3205760 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/think-measles-patient-leaflet-for-young-people
Think measles poster – product code 3205852 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/think-measles-poster-about-measles-in-young-people
Call ahead measles poster – product code 3207737 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/think-measles-poster-for-young-people
Pregnancy leaflet – product code 2903655 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pregnancy-how-to-help-protect-you-and-your-baby
Have you had your MMR flyer (for mums who have just given birth) Product code:3325595 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mmr-vaccination-have-you-had-your-mmr
Please share this information with parents and carers.