Get up to date with your measles vaccinations this half term.

Measles outbreaks have been reported across the country, including cases in London, impacting children, teenagers, young people and unvaccinated/under-vaccinated communities.

Measles is more than just a rash, and can lead to serious complications for some people. One in five children with measles will need a hospital visit and it can cause serious problems in some people if it spreads to other parts of the body, such as the lungs or the brain.

It is highly infectious and can spread rapidly among communities, such as schools, if people have not had at least one dose of the MMR vaccine. One case of measles can infect nine out of ten of unvaccinated close contacts.

We’re fortunate to have a free and effective vaccination programme in the UK.

Two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine give the best protection. The 1st dose is offered at 12 months, and the 2nd dose is offered from 18 months.

Community catch-up clinics in Lambeth Libraries this half-term

Minet Library, 52, Knatchbull Road, SE5 9QY

Carnegie Library, 92, Herne Hill, SE24 0DG

Durning Library, 167, Kennington Lane, SE11 4HF

The good news is – it’s never too late regardless of your age! If you can’t make any of these sessions, there’s two more at the Civic Centre in Brixton in March. See Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination catch-up clinics.

You can also get in touch with your GP who can arrange to get you or your child up to date.

Follow @LambethTogether for more updates on health and care in Lambeth.

Why is this important to Lambeth Together?

Vaccination is an important focus within our Staying Healthy Programme, and also features across all of our key aspirations and programmes. Find out more in our five year plan, Our Health, Our Lambeth.

One of the key priorities for Lambeth Together’s Children and Young People’s Alliance is to increase the number of children that are immunised against vaccine preventable disease. Find out more about the Children and Young People’s Alliance

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