If you’ve got a child between 12 months old, and 3 years and 4 months old, then they may be due for their MMR vaccination very soon!
If your child isn’t vaccinated, they are vulnerable to contracting mumps, measles and rubella, which can have long lasting affects to their health. These diseases can spread easily, and can sometimes even be fatal.
Choosing not to have your child vaccinated doesn’t just affect them as an individual; these diseases are highly contagious, and can affect vulnerable people wherever they go. If your child has just started school or nursery, or if you’re planning on going away for half term, you can help keep your little ones and those around them safe by calling your GP practice to book an appointment, and get them up to date.
It isn’t too late to get your child vaccinated either! If you think you may be behind the vaccine schedule, you can check the red book, or simply call your GP practice to find out. The injection is free, and over very quickly.
Dr Richard Mendelsohn, Chief Medical Officer at NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, said: “Prevention is always better than cure. The MMR vaccine is a free, combined injection which helps protect children against three very serious diseases.
“The first vaccine is given when a child is 12 months old, and then a booster is given when a child is 3 years and 4 months old. Both doses are needed to give full protection, and I would urge parents in Birmingham and Solihull to vaccinate their children.”
Kirsten, a local mum from Solihull, said: “We took my son to our GP who confirmed that he’d got a mild dose of the measles, but fortunately because he’d been vaccinated, it was only a very mild dose and we were grateful that we had had him vaccinated.
“There are so many things that you can’t protect your children against; you can protect them against these three potentially serious diseases.”
Caroline, a local mum from Birmingham, said: “I had mumps as a child, and it was absolutely horrible, and I wouldn’t want to put my child through that.
“As a parent, you really do want to make sure your child is protected.”
More information on the MMR vaccine is available on the nhs.uk website.
You can also read Francesca's blog, 'The decision not to vaccinate puts a lot of vulnerable people in danger,' here.