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Measles among young people is on the rise

Public Health England has started a national campaign to get these younger patients vaccinated.  The objective of the campaign is to capture any patient who does not have two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination recorded in their medical record.  If you fall into any of the following birth groups (or have friends and relatives who do) you may want to confirm your/their vaccination status:

Individuals who were born in the UK between 1980 and 1990 may not be protected against mumps but are likely to be vaccinated against measles and rubella. They may never have received a mumps-containing vaccine or had only one dose of MMR and had limited opportunity for exposure to natural mumps. They should be given an MMR vaccine.

Individuals born between 1970 and 1979 may have been vaccinated against measles and many will have been exposed to mumps and rubella during childhood. However, this age group should be offered MMR wherever feasible, particularly if they are considered to be at high risk of exposure.

Individuals born before 1970 are likely to have had all three natural infections and are less likely to be susceptible. The MMR vaccine should be offered to such individuals on request or if they are considered to be at high risk of exposure.

It is likely that many older patients will have antibodies as they may have been naturally exposed to the disease at some point in their life. 

Brockwood Medical Practice has advised its records suggest a number of patients have not had two doses of MMR recorded.  Brockwood Medical Practice is proactively messaging patients and asks anyone who has not received two doses of MMR to make contact with them to enable them to be vaccinated, regardless of their age.

Announcement issued 28th February 2024