A Once-Common Childhood Threat

There has been a recent outbreak of Measles across the UK. It is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. It was once a common childhood illness, but thanks to widespread vaccination, cases had become much less frequent. As vaccine hesitancy has decreased the uptake of the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine, we are seeing more cases of these dangerous infections.

Understanding Measles and Its Symptoms

Measles symptoms typically begin about 7-14 days after exposure to the virus. They can include:

Common Symptoms of Measles

  • Fever
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Red, watery eyes
  • A red rash that usually starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body
A young child with measles all over his body

Complications from Measles

Measles can lead to serious complications, including:

  • Pneumonia
  • Ear infections
  • Diarrhoea leading to dehydration.
  • Encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain that can lead to brain damage
  • And sadly, death in some cases

The Role of the MMR Vaccine

The MMR vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect yourself from measles, mumps, and rubella. It’s given to children in two doses: the first dose between 12 and 15 months of age, and the second dose between 4 and 6 years of age. You need both doses to be fully immunised.

Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent infectious diseases. MMR vaccine is highly effective, preventing nearly 97% of measles cases. Getting vaccinated not only protects you but also helps to protect those who can’t be vaccinated, such as infants and people with weakened immune systems.

Debunking Myths: MMR Vaccine and Autism

There have been many misconceptions about the MMR vaccine, particularly regarding a link to autism. This link has been thoroughly debunked by numerous scientific studies. Multiple follow up studies since the initial concerns were raised confirms the vaccine’s safety and proves no link with developing autism.

The Importance of Vaccination

Measles is a serious illness that can be easily prevented with vaccination. The MMR vaccine is safe and effective, and it’s essential for protecting yourself and your loved ones. By getting vaccinated, we can all work together to keep measles a disease of the past. If you are unsure about your vaccination status or you have changed your mind and now would like the vaccine, please contact your GP surgery and they will be willing to help.


Stay protected against measles by ensuring your vaccinations are up to date. Contact us today to discuss the MMR vaccine and safeguard your health and community.


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