Torbay Council’s Public Health team are urging parents to have their children vaccinated against measles by having the combined Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccination.
The viral illness, recognised by cold-like symptoms, a high (39C) temperature and a blotchy rash, is currently spreading around the UK.
Although the virus should pass in around seven to ten days in a healthy individual, the virus can be extremely serious in those with a weakened immune system, young children, pregnant women and babies, the elderly and those with other serious diseases.
The MMR vaccine, consisting of two injections, the first is offered to all children at one year and a second dose with their pre school booster around 3 years of age. It can be given to anyone up to the age of 25. The vaccine targets Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
‘It’s never too late to vaccinate’
A Torbay Council spokesperson said: “With a virus as contagious as measles currently circulating different communities, it is strongly advised that people check their children vaccines are up to date.
“This can help reduce the spread of the illness and likelihood of those most vulnerable in the community being affected.”
An individual with measles can infect 14 unvaccinated individuals.
For more information please go to your local GP surgery or visit: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/measles/Pages/Introduction.aspx