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Festival time! Have you had your MMR vaccination? Posted on 13 Jun 2019


  • Measles and mumps is currently circulating in England and Europe, particularly those who are unvaccinated and most at risk.

  • Measles is very infectious, can cause serious complications and, in rare cases, can be fatal

  • Measles can be more severe in young people and adults, and in some case can lead to hospital admissions

  • The best way to protect yourself against measles and mumps is to get two doses of the MMR vaccine. It is never too late to get the vaccine

  • Young people are strongly advised to check if they are up to date with their Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine – you need two doses to be protected

  • Although they’re great fun, festivals can be hotspots for measles or mumps – anyone who has not had two doses of the MMR vaccine is at risk

  • Measles starts with cold-like symptoms and sore red eyes followed by a high temperature and a red-brown blotchy rash.  If you experience these symptoms, call NHS 111

  • Mumps symptoms include painful swellings at the side of the face under the ears as well as headache, joint pain and a high temperature

  • It’s never too late to get your MMR vaccine – call your GP practice to catch-up

  • If you haven’t had two doses of the MMR vaccine, book an appointment with your GP practice to catch up

  • If you don’t know your vaccination status and whether you have had two doses of the MMR vaccine, check with your GP


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