Are you up to date with your measles, mumps and rubella(MMR)jabs?
There has recently been an increase in measles and mumps cases across England, particularly in young people and children. There are also several large measles outbreaks across Europe.
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can sometimes lead to serious complications. It can be more severe in teenagers and adults than in children. Mass gathering events like festivals can be hot spots for measles and mumps as they present the perfect opportunity for the infection to spread.
Two doses of the MMR vaccine offer the best protection against measles and mumps. We know that people aged 15-25 years may have missed out on the MMR vaccine when they were younger. It is important that they check if they are up to date with their GP practice and make an appointment to get caught up before attending festivals.
- Measles and mumps is currently circulating in England and Europe, particularly those who are unvaccinated and most at risk.
- Measles is very infectious, can cause serious complications and, in rare cases, can be fatal
- Measles can be more severe in young people and adults, and in some case can lead to hospital admissions
- The best way to protect yourself against measles and mumps is to get two doses of the MMR vaccine. It is never too late to get the vaccine
- Young people are strongly advised to check if they are up to date with their Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine – you need two doses to be protected
- Although they’re great fun, festivals can be hotspots for measles or mumps – anyone who has not had two doses of the MMR vaccine is at risk
- Measles starts with cold-like symptoms and sore red eyes followed by a high temperature and a red-brown blotchy rash. If you experience these symptoms, call NHS 111
- Mumps symptoms include painful swellings at the side of the face under the ears as well as headache, joint pain and a high temperature
- It’s never too late to get your MMR vaccine – call your GP practice to catch-up
- If you haven’t had two doses of the MMR vaccine, book an appointment with your GP practice to catch up
More information can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/mmr-vaccine/
Published: Jun 19, 2019