Recent outbreaks of measles have occurred across the country including 20 cases in Surrey 

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and can sometimes lead to serious complications. The MMR vaccine is available to all adults and children who are not up to date with their two doses of MMR vaccine. Anyone who is not sure if they are protected should check with their GP practice.

Measles is a very infectious, serious illness that, in rare cases, can be fatal. About 1 in 5 children with measles experiences complications such as ear infections, diarrhoea and vomiting, pneumonia, meningitis and eye disorders. One in 10 children with measles ends up in hospital. There is no treatment for the disease. Vaccination is the only way of preventing it.

Measles spreads very easily. In fact, it’s one of the most infectious diseases known. You can catch measles if you spend just 15 minutes with someone who has the disease.

Outbreaks of measles can happen anywhere at any time. Wherever you live in the UK, it’s important that your children or teenagers are up to date with their MMR and other childhood vaccinations.

If your child has already had two doses of MMR vaccine, you don’t need to worry.

However, if your child is school-age and has only had one MMR dose, or has not been vaccinated at all, they should be vaccinated as soon as possible.