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Measles cases - check your child has been vaccinated

We have been asked by Hounslow’s Public Health team to advise parents check whether their child’s vaccinations, especially MMR, are up to date.  This should be checked for children of any age.

There have been a number of measles cases among children in North-West London boroughs over the last few weeks. Measles is highly infectious and spreads very easily. The typical symptoms that someone who has measles might show are a cough, runny nose, a rash, sore red watery eyes and a fever. In some cases, the complications of measles can lead to ear infection, chest infection, diarrhoea, can cause fits, and more serious complications of brain infection and risk of death.

Anyone who hasn’t had two doses of the MMR vaccine is susceptible to catching measles. The risk of more serious complications is increased for those people who are unvaccinated, particularly those who have health conditions that affect the immune systems and for pregnant women.  

In a classroom of children, it’s highly likely that one case will affect all unvaccinated children. The best protection against measles for any child or adult is vaccination; two doses of MMR are required for protection. The MMR vaccine is safe and the best way to keep children safe from serious illness. It’s vital that children are vaccinated to avoid getting ill and spreading measles to other children in their classroom.

Parents and carers who are unsure whether their child is protected against measles can check in their child’s Red Book, or contact their GP surgery. If a child has missed one or both doses of the MMR vaccine, we urge parents to make an appointment with their GP for their child to get up to date with their vaccinations. We would also urge parents and carers who think their child has measles to not send their child to school and contact their GP for advice. 

If you have any questions, please contact Hounslow’s Public Health team.