People in Birmingham are being encouraged to check that they, their children and teenagers have had two doses of MMR vaccine following confirmation of cases of measles within the city.
Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands is working with Birmingham City Council and local NHS partners to make sure that anyone in the city who needs an MMR vaccination is aware, following confirmed cases of measles in children in Birmingham.
Consultant in Health Protection with Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands, Dr Bharat Sibal, said:
Most of the recent cases had not received the required two doses of MMR vaccine.
Public Health England (PHE) has reported an increase in measles across the country over the year.
Dr Sibal added:
Measles symptoms to be aware of include:
- High fever
- Sore, red, watery eyes
- Aching and feeling generally unwell
- A blotchy red brown rash, which usually appears after the initial symptoms