Home Health The big MMR catch up

The big MMR catch up

by Lisa Bennett

During World Immunisation Week, which takes place from 24-30 April 2023, parents are being reminded of the importance of the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccination.

This provides long lasting protection against measles, mumps and rubella, which can cause long-term conditions such as blindness and asthma.

The MMR vaccination is free on the NHS which the first dose being offered when a child is one and the second at three years and 4 months old.

If your child has missed their first or second dose of MMR vaccine contact your GP practice to book an appointment

It is never too late to catch up on any missed doses of MMR vaccination.

The Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is safe and has been used since the early 1980’s, preventing over 20 million cases of measles and saving over 4,500 lives during this time.

These are highly infectious conditions that spread easily between unvaccinated people so it’s important to get vaccinated to provide you and your children with the best protection.

Check your child’s red book or call your GP today to check if your child is up to date with MMR and other childhood immunisations.

Further information about what vaccinations to have and when can be found on the NHS website.