Public Health England (PHE) has issued advice for the public to ensure they have had the MMR vaccine after outbreaks of measles have been confirmed in 5 areas of England, including the West Midlands. There have been 13 confirmed cases of the measles in Birmingham. All of the reported cases have been in children and adults who have not received 2 doses of the MMR vaccine.
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and can sometimes lead to serious complications. Children and young people who have not received 2 doses of the MMR vaccine are at risk.
The MMR vaccine is available to all adults and children who are not up to date with their 2 doses. Anyone who is not sure if they are fully vaccinated should check with their GP practice.
Further information on the MMR vaccine can be found on the NHS Website . If you need medical advice book an urgent appointment with your local GP.
As always if you need urgent medical care, please phone NHS 111.