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Local parents explain why they got their children vaccinated against mumps, measles and rubella (MMR)

Kirsten, a 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 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.”

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You can also read Francesca's story The decision not to vaccinate puts a lot of vulnerable people in danger in which she talks about her son Daniel, who was born three months early and fought for his life in paediatric intensive care. Now, with chronic lung disease and taking medication which supresses his immune system, even though he is fully vaccinated, she is only too aware of the risk he faces being around those who have not been vaccinated.

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