There is an increase in measles in Liverpool and Leeds and some countries across Europe,affecting young unimmunised children. Measles is highly infectious. It can cause serious illness and can sometimes be fatal. Vaccination with 2 doses of MMR is the safest way to protect children and young people.
The first MMR vaccine is given to toddlers at the age of 13 months and the second vaccine at around 3 years and 4 months before your child goes to school. MMR can be given to older children, teenagers and young adults if they missed their injections when they were younger.
Contact your GP practice if your child needs an MMR vaccine. The vaccine is free. If you are
not sure if your child needs an MMR vaccine, you can contact the GP practice to ask.
Measles is not just a little kid’s problem. Teenagers, young adults and anyone who has missed
their MMR vaccination can get measles. The first signs of measles are fever, cough, runny nose and red sore eyes. After a few days, a spotty rash will appear. It starts on the face and neck before spreading to the rest of the body.
Public Health England
Cumbria and Lancashire HPT
Lancashire County Council
P O Box 100