Public Health professionals in Knowsley are advising residents, particularly children, to ensure they have had the two doses of the MMR vaccine.
Although it is important for all children to be fully vaccinated, a priority target group is young people aged 10-16 years, where we know uptake of the vaccine has been historically lower than younger age groups. Adults who work with children should also ensure they are vaccinated or immune to measles.
Measles is a highly infectious disease and spreads easily through coughing and sneezing. The most effective protection against measles infection is full immunisation with two doses of MMR vaccine.
In order to increase the update of the vaccine, a school immunisation programme with be taking place across Knowsley secondary schools over the coming months. The campaign will invite pupils who have not had the MMR vaccine, or only had one dose, to take part in the programme.
Alternatively, you can still receive the MMR vaccine from your GP. If you are unsure if your child has received the vaccine, check their ‘red book’ or call your GP.
Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health in Knowsley, said “I would encourage as many people as possible to ensure they are immunised against measles. It is a highly infectious disease which can be avoided by ensuring you have received the two doses. It is never too late to get vaccinated, so if your child hasn’t received the MMR vaccination, ensure they take part in the school programme or make an appointment with your GP today.”
Further information can be found on www.nhs.uk