Measles is an infection that spreads very easily and can cause serious problems in some people. Having the MMR vaccine is the best way to prevent it.

Measles usually starts with cold-like symptoms, followed by a rash a few days later.

Measles is a highly infectious disease which can lead to serious complications such as severe lung infections and inflammation of the brain. It also damages and suppresses the whole immune system, meaning children can be left much more susceptible to catching other illnesses.

If you think you or your child may have measles

  • ask for an urgent GP appointment - call the surgery before you go in as they may suggest talking over the phone
  • get help from NHS 111 online

Get vaccinated against measles

The MMR vaccine is safe and effective and it's free on the NHS.

All children are invited for their first MMR vaccine on the NHS when they turn one. The second dose is given when they reach three years and four months of age.

Having two doses of the vaccine provides the best protection against MMR and adults and older children can be vaccinated at any age if they have not been fully vaccinated before.

Parents who are unsure if their child is up to date with all their routine vaccinations can check their child’s Red Book (personal child health record), check on the NHS app, or contact their GP practice.

Vaccination clinics are offering the MMR vaccine for all eligible children who are due or have missed a dose

The clinics will be staffed by trained healthcare professionals from the NHS and Vaccination UK who specialise in childhood vaccinations and follow all necessary safety protocols.

Details of clinics are below, please note the DTP vaccine which provides protection against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough) and the MenACWY vaccine which helps protect against meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) are also available at these clinics:

Contact number to book appointment: 01384 431712

June

  • Saturday 15 June, 09:00 - 13:00, Oakfield Community Centre,245 Brettell Lane, Brierley Hill, DY5 3LT

Contact number to book appointment: 0121 592 1110

  • Saturday 6 July, 09:00 - 13:00, Smethwick Family Hub, Corbett Street, Smethwick, B66 3PX

Contact number to book appointment: 01922 902035

  • Saturday 29 June, 10:00 - 14:00, South and Central Hub, Birchills Street, Walsall, WS2 8N
  • Saturday 6 July, 10:00 - 14:00, North Family Hub, 275 Blakenall Lane, Blakenall, Walsall WS3 1HJ

Contact number to book appointment: 01902 200077

  • Saturday 15 June, 09:30 - 14:00, Whitmore Reans Family Hub, Lansdowne Road WV1 4AL
  • Saturday 13 July, 09:30 - 14:00, Rocket Pool Family Hub, 25a Rocket Pool Drive, Bilston, Wolverhampton WV14 8BH

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