Think Measles, it’s not just a kid’s problem

Think Measles, it’s not just a kid’s problem

In World Immunisation Week (23-29 April), local GPs are urging young adults and those who work with children and young people in the borough to get their MMR vaccinations to help prevent measles.

Measles is highly infectious – a cough or a sneeze can spread the measles virus over a wide area. If you come into contact with it and are not protected, the chances are that you will be infected.

Protection is only through vaccination. If you haven’t had two doses of the MMR, it’s not too late. Speak to your GP today, or visit

Measles is caused by an infectious virus causing a rash and high fever and can be very serious and more severe in adults causing complications such as ear and chest infections, fits, diarrhoea, encephalitis (infection of the brain), and brain damage.

Measles, mumps and rubella  can also cause complications in pregnancy that can lead to miscarriage. For example, about one in 5000 individuals with measles is likely to die.

If you care for other people or young children as part of your work, it’s particularly important that you are fully immunised with MMR.

Passing on measles to children who are too young to have MMR vaccine or to someone who is already ill, can have very serious consequences for their health. Find out more here.