NHS urges parents to book children in for essential MMR vaccination
Parents and carers of children are being reminded of the importance of routine vaccinations, with hundreds of thousands of texts, emails and letters being sent from next week encouraging families to book their child in for an MMR vaccine.
The NHS is contacting parents and carers of around 750,000 children aged between one and six who have not yet had one or both doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, encouraging them to make an appointment with their child’s GP practice.
One in ten children are not currently up to date with their MMR vaccinations – despite general practices continuing to offer routine immunisations.
Measles, mumps and rubella are highly infectious illnesses that can easily spread between unvaccinated people. Complications from these diseases can be potentially life changing.
Children need two doses of the safe and effective MMR vaccine, with the first dose given around the child’s first birthday, and the second dose given at around three years and four months old. Both doses are needed to ensure full and lasting protection against measles, mumps and rubella.
The NHS has also sent out over 1.5 million invitations to parents of two to three years olds to get their flu vaccination ahead of winter. Where possible, children can receive their MMR catch up vaccine at the same time as their flu vaccine.
Steve Russell, NHS director of vaccinations and screening, said: “Measles, mumps and rubella easily spread between unvaccinated people and can be very serious, so it is important that parents make sure their children are protected against MMR as they return to school, and are up to date with their flu vaccination if eligible as we head into the winter months.
“The MMR vaccine is one of the most studied vaccines in the world, with millions of doses given every year – it is safe for your child, and will protect them, their friends and the wider community from these unpleasant but preventable diseases. If your child hasn’t been vaccinated yet, or is not up to date with their vaccinations, please contact your GP to book an appointment.”
The NHS national immunisation programme is highly successful in reducing the number of serious and infectious diseases such as whooping cough, diphtheria and measles, and high levels of vaccine uptake in the community can prevent the spread of these unpleasant but preventable infections.
Parents and carers can find out more about the different vaccines their child should have and when by visiting www.nhs.uk<http://www.nhs.uk> and searching for ‘NHS vaccinations and when to have them’.
Latest News from
Millions more people given access to their GP records online05/12/2023 09:15:00
More than four in five GP practices [81.1%] in England are now giving patients access to their new health records online, thanks to the NHS primary care access recovery plan.
NHS urges people to get winter jabs with two weeks until online bookings close04/12/2023 10:25:00
With just two weeks until online bookings for COVID and flu vaccines close, the NHS is urging anyone still eligible for these vaccines to book an appointment and get potentially lifesaving protection ahead of Christmas.
NHS to offer stem cell transplants to cure life-limiting blood disorder30/11/2023 16:20:00
Patients with severe inherited blood disorders will be offered stem cell transplants on the NHS that could cure their condition and help avoid life-long blood transfusions.
Hundreds of patients in hospital with norovirus ahead of winter30/11/2023 14:15:00
The number of patients in hospital with norovirus last week was almost triple the number during the same period last winter, new NHS figures show today.
First-ever therapy for rare genetic disease in babies to save lives on the NHS28/11/2023 14:15:00
Babies and toddlers with a rare and fatal genetic condition can now receive a life-saving treatment on the NHS for the first time.
NHS cancer bus tours country as over two in five wouldn’t visit GP about possible symptom27/11/2023 14:15:00
An NHS double-decker bus is touring parts of the country from Monday to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer and urge people to visit their GP for potentially life-saving checks if they notice something unusual.
Women urged to take up NHS cervical screening invitations23/11/2023 11:15:00
Women are being urged to accept NHS cervical screening invites after new figures show three in ten of those eligible for screening do not take up the potentially life-saving offer.
One in five children and young people had a probable mental disorder in 202322/11/2023 14:05:00
One in five children and young people in England aged eight to 25 had a probable mental disorder in 2023, a new survey shows.