Bedford parents encouraged to take up the MMR jab

The council is asking residents to check if their family is protected

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 5:12 pm

Throughout March, Bedford Borough Council is reminding families of the signs and symptoms of measles and for adults and children who have not been fully vaccinated, to take up the MMR vaccination.

Over the past few years, measles has been on the rise and it can be highly contagious to children. To be fully protected, you need two doses of the vaccine and missed appointments have increased due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Louise Jackson, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing said, “Measles can spread rapidly if people have not been fully immunised. While most people who catch measles will recover completely within a few weeks, it is important to remember measles can be a very serious illness.

Missed appointments have increased due to the coronavirus pandemic

“Please don’t delay, get in touch with your GP to find out if your family are fully protected and book an appointment.”

Measles symptoms to be aware of include:

high fever

sore, red, watery eyes

coughing

aching and feeling generally unwell

a blotchy red brown rash, which usually appears after the initial symptoms

Find out more about the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine visit here