Health chiefs issue MMR jab call - The Evesham Observer

Health chiefs issue MMR jab call

Evesham Editorial 24th Aug, 2019   0

PUBLIC Health England (PHE) West Midlands is also warning that 10,000 five-year-olds in the region may not be fully up-to-date with the 4-in-1 pre-school MMR booster.

Such is the alarm that parents are being called upon to check their child’s Red Book to ensure they are up-to-date with scheduled immunisations. In the UK, dose 1 of the MMR vaccine, which protects against Measles, Mumps and Rubella, is usually given to infants at around 12 months of age.

A second dose is given before school, usually at three years and four months of age, to ensure best protection.

Two doses of MMR in a lifetime are needed for a person to be considered fully protected.

The 4-in-1 pre-school booster is also usually offered at three years and four months and protects against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus and polio.


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