Residents urged to take up opportunity for MMR vaccination

Residents urged to get protected against the measles, mumps and rubella.

Residents are being urged to ensure they are fully protected with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine following a recent outbreak of measles.

A handful of cases of the virus have recorded locally so eligible patients, particularly those aged 12 months to 18 years old, should ensure they have had two doses of the MMR vaccine, which is available from your GP.

Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group has worked with GP practices in the borough to ensure there is stock of the vaccine available.

“It is important residents are protected against this horrible illness, which is uncomfortable, painful and can be a serious risk to your health,” said Cllr Vivienne Lukey, H&F Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care.

“If you are concerned, you can easily book an appointment to give you and your family peace of mind. If you have not been immunised with MMR, or even if you're not sure if you have been, please contact your GP to arrange a vaccination.

"There is no age limit and there is no harm in receiving an additional dose if there's uncertainty.”

The MMR vaccine protects against measles, as well the mumps and rubella (German measles).  The advice also comes following a national increase in reported cases of the measles.                  

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 considering having children should check to see if they have had the MMR vaccine as the viral illnesses, particularly rubella, can cause serious complications for pregnant women and their unborn baby.

Find out more about the MMR vaccine.

Find out more about the symptom of measles.

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