Measles is an infection that spreads very easily and can cause serious problems in some people, especially among those who are unvaccinated.

Measles is a very unpleasant illness. In some people, it can be extremely serious and nearly half of children under 5 years old with measles will need hospital care. Complications of measles include chest infections (pneumonia), brain infections and seizures (fits). In rare cases, it can tragically cause death. Measles is more likely to be serious for children under 5 years, people with a weak immune system and pregnant women. In pregnancy, measles can cause miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth.

For information on the signs and symptoms of measles, including pictures of the measles rash, please check the NHS website:

MMR Vaccine

Having the measles mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is the best way to prevent measles.

The MMR vaccine is offered to all children in the UK. Two doses provide lifelong protection against measles and rubella, and very good protection against mumps.

In the UK we have two types of MMR vaccine – MMR VaxPro® and Priorix®. Priorix® does not contain any pork ingredients and is as safe and effective as MMR VaxPro®. Priorix® is available at all GP practices in Blackburn with Darwen, just let your GP practice know if you would prefer to receive the vaccine that does not contain pork ingredients.

It is never too late to catch up. The MMR vaccine is free on the NHS, whatever your age. If anyone has missed one or both doses of the MMR vaccine, or if you’re not sure if you’ve been vaccinated, contact your GP practice.

What to do if you suspect you or your child may have measles

Measles spreads VERY easily, so anyone with symptoms is advised to stay at home and phone their GP or NHS 111 for advice, rather than visiting the GP surgery or A&E, to prevent the illness from spreading further.

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