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Throughout March, Central Bedfordshire Council, in collaboration with Public Health, is reminding families of the importance of the MMR vaccination.

Most residents will be aware that measles can be highly contagious to children and make them very poorly. But may be unaware that it can also lead to life threatening complications.

The Council said that over the past few years, measles has been on the rise. Adding that to be fully protected, you need two doses of the vaccine, the first at 1 year of age and the second at 3 years and four months.

It said that missed appointments have increased due to the coronavirus pandemic, which means children across Bedfordshire could be at risk of contracting measles.

Cllr Tracey Stock, executive member for health, wellbeing and communities, said:

“Measles can spread rapidly if people have not been fully immunised. While most people who catch measles will recover completely within a few weeks, it is important to remember measles can be a very serious illness if you are not fully vaccinated.

“The availability of the MMR vaccine is not affected by the current pandemic and is available to those who are due or have missed their appointment. Please don’t delay, get in touch with your GP to find out if your family are fully protected and book an appointment.”

Measles symptoms to be aware of include:

  • High fever
  • Sore, red, watery eyes
  • Coughing
  • Aching and feeling generally unwell
  • A blotchy red brown rash, which usually appears after the initial symptoms

To find out more about the MMR vaccine please visit: http://www.nhs.uk/MMR.