There has been an increase in the number of measles cases reported to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) nationally this year.
Measles is an infection that spreads very easily and can cause serious problems in some people.
Having the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is the best way to prevent it.
If you are unsure about your vaccination status, please contact your GP in first instance.
Check if you or your child has measles.
What are the symptoms?
The first symptoms of measles include:
- a high temperature
- a runny or blocked nose
- a cough
- red, sore, watery eyes
Measles rash appears brown or red and blotchy on white skin but may be harder to detect on black or brown skin. The rash develops 2 to 4 days after the onset of fever and spreads from the head to the body over the next 3 to 4 days.
For further information please visit the NHS England webpage.
Is the MMR vaccine safe?
The MMR vaccine is a safe and effective combined vaccine and protects against three serious illnesses:
Is your child up to date with their vaccinations?
Getting your child vaccinated is the most important thing you can do to protect them against serious diseases.
Check your child's health record (red book), contact your GP or you can visit our Living Well clinic sessions if you aren't sure.
Our Living Well sessions will check for any catch up immunisations and vaccinate your child.