“Best way to prevent measles is through the MMR vaccination”
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness which spreads very easily. People with measles can get a cough, runny nose, rash and fever.
It can be very unpleasant and can sometimes lead to serious complications. Especially for people whose immune system is not working normally.
Bedford Borough director of Public Health, Muriel Scott, said:
“Last year there were several measles outbreaks across the country and the total number of measles cases quadrupled to 966. 1 in 3 of those infected with measles were admitted to hospital.
“The best way to prevent measles is through the MMR vaccination, which is safe and highly effective; however 1 in 10 five year olds in Bedford Borough have not had both doses of MMR.”
The MMR vaccine is available to all adults and children who are not up to date with their 2 doses. Anyone who is not sure if they are fully vaccinated should check with their GP practice. If you would like more information on measles visit the NHS website.