Parents urged to reserve MMR injections for children after uptake plummets during Covid pandemic
- Cases feared to skyrocket with one in ten children starting school unprotected
- Steve Russell of the NHS said the shot ‘is safe for your child and will protect them’
- Measles, mumps and rubella complications can be life changing
DOCTORS fear 740,000 children could be at fatal risk of measles after vaccinations plummeted during the pandemic.
Uptake of both measles, mumps and rubella shots was the lowest in a decade during Covid and has yet to catch up.
Measles can cause pneumonia and inflammation of the brain. Health chiefs fear cases are skyrocketing, with one in ten children starting school unprotected. They are contacting parents of children between one and six who have not yet received both doses, urging them to see their GP.
NHS’ Steve Russell said the shot “is safe for your child and will protect them, their friends and the wider community”.
Measles, mumps and rubella are highly contagious diseases that can easily spread between unvaccinated people. Complications from these diseases can potentially be life changing.
Health chiefs fear cases are skyrocketing, with one in ten children starting school unprotected. They are contacting parents of children between one and six who have not yet received both doses, urging them to see their GP
Children need two doses of the safe and effective MMR vaccine, with the first dose given around the child’s first birthday and the second dose given around three years and four months of age. Both doses are needed to provide complete and long-lasting protection against measles, mumps and rubella.
The NHS has also sent out more than 1.5 million invitations to parents of children aged two to three to get their flu shots before winter. If possible, children can receive their catch-up MMR vaccine at the same time as their flu shot.
Mr Russell said: ‘Measles, mumps and rubella spread easily between unvaccinated people and can be very serious, so it is important that parents ensure their children are protected against MMR when they are return to school and are up to date with their flu shots. so eligible as we head into the winter months.
“The MMR vaccine is one of the most studied vaccines in the world, with millions of doses given each year – it is safe for your child and will protect them, their friends and the wider community from these diseases. unpleasant but avoidable If your child has not yet been vaccinated or is not up to date with their vaccinations, please contact your GP to make an appointment.
The NHS National Immunization Program is very successful in reducing the number of serious and infectious diseases such as pertussis, diphtheria and measles, and high levels of immunization in the community can prevent the spread of these unpleasant but preventable infections.
Parents and guardians can find out more about the different vaccinations their child should have and when by visiting www.nhs.uk and searching for ‘NHS vaccinations and when to get them’.