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Raised concerns about spread of measles in London

Measles is presently spreading in some parts of London, and there are concerns that declining MMR vaccination levels may see wider transmission of this potentially extremely serious illness.

UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) modelling, released today, suggests that unless MMR vaccination rates improve, London could see a measles outbreak with tens of thousands of cases.

The vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella is proven to be both safe and effective in protecting children and families from these illnesses – all of which can have very serious consequences.

Parents and carers are urged to check that their children’s routine childhood vaccinations, particularly the MMR vaccine are up-to-date by checking the red book or contacting their GP.

If your child does need to catch up on their vaccination, they can do so at their GP practice or by contacting the vaccination team in their borough. The details are on our website.

Susceptibility is also particularly high among 19 to 25 year olds, affected by unfounded stories in the early 2000s (‘Wakefield cohorts’) and some may still not be fully vaccinated.

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