Council warn about low vaccination uptake amid measles epidemic fears

By Amanda Wilkins - 29 January 2024


Swindon Borough Council are reminding people that it's not too late to catch up with measles vaccinations.

The move comes as cases increase across England, especially among young children, 

Measles is an infection that spreads very easily and, for some people, can cause serious problems.

The best protection against measles for children and adults is to get both doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Children are offered a vaccine free on the NHS at 12 months old and then a second dose when they turn three and a half.

Uptake of the MMR vaccine has been declining nationally and in Swindon. It is much lower than the 95 per cent needed to eliminate measles.

There have been localised outbreaks of measles in young children recently in London, the West Midlands and Bristol.

Health chiefs say it’s never too late for children or adults to catch up on any missed MMR vaccinations. People whose children have yet to be vaccinated should contact their GP practice to book a free appointment.

If they wish, people can request a version of the MMR vaccine that does not contain pork ingredients.

The practice may need to order this product in so it is helpful to mention the need ahead of the appointment.

People can check their child’s personal child health record (PCHR), known as the red book, or contact their GP practice, and can find more information here.

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