Join the fight against measles by protecting yourself and your family

Thousands of families are protecting themselves from measles with a quick and simple jab after an outbreak of the painful disease.

London has seen more than 60 cases of measles in the past two months with 48 of these cases affecting teenagers and adults.

The MMR jab protects against measles, as well as the equally unpleasant and infectious mumps and rubella (German measles), and can be arranged by your local GP surgery.  

“Your GP surgery can easily arrange a vaccination that will give you and your family peace of mind,” said Cllr Vivienne Lukey, H&F Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care.

 “We don't want anyone to feel unprotected from these horrible illnesses, which are uncomfortable, painful and can be a serious risk to your health. Please contact your GP if you have not been immunised, or even if you're not sure if you have. It's never too late and there is no harm in receiving an additional dose if there's uncertainty.”

Anyone who missed out on the routine inoculation can easily rectify this by speaking to their GP. Vaccine uptake in England is currently the highest in Europe with more than 87 per cent of children being vaccinated after they turn two.

Signs of measles to look out for include cold-like symptoms, sore red eyes, a high temperature and a red-brown blotchy rash. Those experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention, but phone ahead before visiting GP surgeries so arrangements can be made to prevent others from being infected.

Women hoping to have children should check to see if they have had the MMR vaccine as the viral illnesses, particularly rubella, can cause serious complications during pregnancy.

Find out more about the MMR vaccine.