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MMR jabs for a million children

A million children who missed out on getting the MMR vaccine in England are being targeted in a campaign to raise the level of protection against measles after an outbreak in Wales. 2013 is set to be the worst year for measles outbreaks in 20 years

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What is the MMR jab?

The most effective way of preventing measles is the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

The first MMR vaccination should be given when your child is around 13 months old. A booster is given before your child starts school.

If your child is younger than 13 months and you think they may have been exposed to the measles virus, see your GP immediately.

The MMR may be given if they are over six months old, or they may be given antibodies for immediate protection if they are younger than six months old.

The NHS Choices website has more information on the MMR jab.

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