Protecting against measles

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Measles cases are on the rise nationally and we want to make sure we protect as many people as we can in living in Wakefield.

We’re holding an online Q&A session to provide more information about measles. Join Steve Turnbull, Wakefield’s Director of Public Health. He will talk about how you can protect you and your loved ones from measles and share the steps we’re taking to protect Wakefield residents from measles. 

Meeting information: 

Thursday 21 March, 12 noon

Meeting ID: 838 3395 7904
Passcode: 043083

Measles spreads very easily among those who are unvaccinated, especially in nurseries and schools. It can be a very unpleasant illness and, in some children, can be very serious and lead to the need for hospital care. In rare cases, it can cause death. Vaccines are our best line of defence against diseases like measles and help stop outbreaks occurring in the community.

Please share this invitation with your networks, we want all parents and guardians to be aware of the effects of measles and encourage them to check children are up-to-date with their two MMR doses. They can do this by checking the child’s personal child health record (PCHR), known as the red book, or by contacting their GP practice.

It is never too late to catch up. The MMR vaccine is free on the NHS, whatever the age. If anyone has missed one or both doses of the MMR vaccine, their GP practice will be able to arrange an appointment.

More information is available here:

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