How to stay safe during a measles outbreak


  1. What you need to know about the MMR vaccine
  2. Symptoms of measles
  3. Protecting yourself from measles
  4. If you think you have measles

Measles is circulating in the UK.

Measles is extremely infectious. It can cause serious illness and be fatal.

What do I need to know about the MMR Vaccine

More than one in ten eligible children under the age of five in England haven’t had the MMR vaccine or are only partially vaccinated.

This leaves these children unprotected and increases the risk of measles outbreaks occurring in nurseries and schools. We are reminding parents and guardians to ensure their children are protected by taking up two doses of the MMR vaccine at the right time. Follow this link for more information about the MMR vaccination

Symptoms of measles

Measles symptoms include:

  • high fever
  • sore red, watery eyes
  • coughing
  • a runny nose
  • aching and feeling generally unwell
  • a blotchy red brown rash, which usually appears after the first symptoms

Protecting yourself from measles

To protect yourself and those around you from measles:

  • make sure your children get 2 MMR vaccines on time – the first at 12 months of age and the second at 3 years, 4 months
  • if you or your children missed these vaccines, it’s not too late – ask for the free vaccine from your GP if you or your children aren’t up to date

If you think you have measles

If you have symptoms of measles stay at home and phone your GP or NHS 111.

Do not attend GP surgeries and A&E departments without informing them that you think you have measles before you visit – you could spread the illness to others.

For further information about measles please visit NHS.UK

Additional information on measles vaccination is also available.