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. Adults up to the age of 25 are also invited to come forward.
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.