MMR vaccination call - recent measles cases in students

Public Health England (PHE) have called for students to check they have had two doses of Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine following recent measles cases at universities in the South of England.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications. Those who are unvaccinated, or not fully vaccinated, remain susceptible to the disease.

Those who have not received two doses of the vaccine in the past – or who are unsure – should speak to their GP surgery. If you are registered at the University Medical Centre, reception staff can check your records without you needing to book an appointment. Call: 01225 789100

Please be alert  to measles, which can include cold-like symptoms, sore red eyes, a high temperature or a red-brown blotchy rash. Those experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention, but phone ahead before visiting GP surgeries so arrangements can be made to prevent others from being infected.

Those who have been in close contact with someone who has measles should also see their GP, if they have not been fully vaccinated or haven’t had the infection before.

The full communication from PHE is available online.

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