Measles Update – January 2024

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Vaccination Catch Up Campaign

You may be aware that there have been reports of widespread measles outbreaks in areas across the country. While there is not currently a specific outbreak in Leeds, you may wish to catch up on missing vaccines.

All children and adults are eligible for the vaccine on a catch-up basis. However, vaccine might be contraindicated for some people who may be immuno-suppressed. If you would like to have a catch-up dose of the Vaccine, please book an appointment with our practice nurses who will be able to check your medical records and advise you further.

NHS England will be running a national campaign to prioritise those aged 6 years up to and including 11 years old so you may receive a letter directing you to contact us for a catch vaccination.

We are aiming to run some specific measles vaccination clinics in the Easter holidays and we will let you know when those dates are confirmed. We will send specific text invitations with booking links at that time.

What does measles look like?

Symptoms of measles are: Fever AND rash AND one of runny nose OR cough OR conjunctivitis that last for 2-4 days or up to a week. It’s very unlikely to be measles if you’ve had both doses of the MMR vaccine or you’ve had measles before.

Anyone with suspected measles should stay away from school or work for at least 4 days, rest and take pain relief as needed. They should avoid contact with young babies and anyone who is immuno-suppressed or pregnant.

More information about symptoms and treatment are available on the NHS website.