Protect yourself against measles and mumps with the MMR vaccine
Measles and mumps are currently circulating, particularly among those who are unvaccinated and most at risk—including children and young people.
Make sure you and your family are protected by checking you are up-to-date with the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine— a safe and effective protection against the three illnesses.
Two doses of the MMR vaccine offers the best protection against measles and mumps. We know that people aged 15-25 years may have missed out on the MMR vaccine when they were younger.
If you or your family haven't had the two doses, then book an appointment with your GP surgery to catch-up. It's never too late to be vaccinated.
- Symptoms of measles include fever, sore red eyes and a rash. It's easy to catch, can be very serious and cause complications, especially if you're not vaccinated.
- Mumps symptoms include painful swellings at the side of the face under the ears, headaches, joint pain and a high temperature.
- Rubella is rare in the UK thanks to the MMR vaccine, but can still have consequences if caught during pregnancy. Symptoms include a rash, cold-like signs and aching joints.
If you're worried you or a family member has measles or mumps, speak to your GP surgery or call 111.
Find out more about the MMR vaccine by reading this handy leaflet.
...and don't let measles or mumps ruin your festival fun
Pass on good vibes this summer festival season, not measles or mumps.
Mass gatherings like festivals can be hot-spots for measles and mumps as they present the chance for infections to spread.
If you are heading to a festival this summer, check with your GP to make sure you're up-to-date with your MMR vaccine.
If you have friends or family members planning to attend festivals, help spread the word about the importance of the MMR vaccine to make sure your loved ones are protected.