Measles cases rise

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Measles cases have risen in the region as some areas of the West Midlands, particularly Birmingham and the Black Country have some of the lowest MMR vaccine rates in the country.

The first symptoms of measles include:

  • a high temperature
  • a runny or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • a cough
  • red, sore, watery eyes
  • a blotchy red brown rash after first symptoms

Get vaccinated against measles

The MMR vaccine can prevent measles. It also protects you from mumps and rubella.

The MMR vaccine is offered to all children in the UK. 2 doses can give lifelong protection against measles, mumps, and rubella.

Non-urgent advice: Important if you have symptoms

Stay off nursery, school or work for at least 4 days from when the rash first appears.

Also try to avoid close contact with babies and anyone who is pregnant or has a weakened immune system.

Catchup Vaccination

  • It’s important to catch up on any missed vaccinations
  • Ask your GP surgery for the MMR vaccine if your child has missed either of these 2 doses

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