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MMR Vaccinations 

Following an outbreak of Measles in Gwent and an increase in reported cases across England, Professor Tracy Dasziewicz, Director for Public Health for Gwent, wants to remind parents and guardians across communities in Gwent of the importance of vaccinating their children against this highly serious and contagious infection.

Professor Daszkiewicz said “Measles is very serious and can make children very sick and lead to further complications which could result in hospitalisation. It is preventable through the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine. We are calling on all parents and guardians to make sure their children are up to date with their 2 MMR doses. It’s never too late to catch up, and you can get the MMR vaccine for free on the NHS whatever your age.

The MMR vaccine comes in 2 doses, the first dose is available to children at age 1 and the second dose available at 3 years and 4 months. I also want to highlight that if you or your child has missed either of these doses that it is not too late to get a free vaccine.”

Although children are offered routine vaccinations against Measles, adults who have not been vaccinated can also be at risk of catching Measles.


Checking your MMR vaccination status and booking a vaccine appointment 

Professor Daszkiewicz said “Anyone who hasn’t had their MMR vaccine can book an appointment or check their MMR vaccination status by calling 0300 303 1373”.

"Measles is a very serious illness and is preventable through vaccination. I would urge people to attend for vaccine if they haven’t had one, this is important for individual health and preventing transmission across our communities”. 


Recognising Measles, know the symptoms

We urge people to be aware of early Measles symptoms which include:

  • a high temperature
  • cough
  • runny nose
  • conjunctivitis (painful, red eyes)
  • and sometimes small white spots on the inside of the mouth

A blotchy rash appears usually 3 to 4 days later. The rash may start on the face or neck, then spread over the rest of the body. The rash looks brown or red on light skin tones but may be harder to see on darker skin.

If you suspect your child may have Measles please remain home and call your GP for an urgent appointment or call 111.

For further information on Measles please visit: