Some key points from Cornwall Council’s Public Health on the risk of Measles and importance of vaccination along with further information in the attached MMR leaflet: UKHSA-12330-MMR-for-all-leaflet_June2022
- Measles is a nasty viral decease that can cause severe illness, hospitalisation and in extreme cases death – it is almost entirely preventable if people have two Measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccines in their life time.
- The vaccines are part of the routine children’s vaccination programme and are given at age 1 year and 3 years 4 months (or there abouts). If children have these two vaccines it provides life long immunity.
- The vaccines are entirely safe, there is a large body of evidence to support this.
- If, for whatever reason someone has not had any of their vaccines or only one, they can contact their GP and organise a vaccine.
- Currently we have approximately 30,000 residents in Cornwall aged between 2 years old and 25 years old who are unvaccinated and therefore will all be susceptible to catching and spreading measles including in North Kerrier and East Penwith.
- There are measles outbreaks in London and the West Midlands and parts of Europe currently and it will only be a matter of time (with travel and visitors) before we get outbreaks in Cornwall.
- Measles is almost entirely Preventable, please get vaccinated – it’s never too late, just contact your GP surgery and book an appointment