Many of our adults still did not have MMR, and by chance, you can still get your MMR Vaccine. Speak to your GP or local community health promotion lead
What is Measles?
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can sometimes lead to severe complications and is fatal in sporadic cases. Measles can be more severe in young people and adults, often leading to hospital admissions. It starts with cold-like symptoms and sore red eyes followed by a high temperature and a red-brown blotchy rash.
What is Mumps?
Mumps is a contagious viral infection, and although complications are rare, they can include swelling of the ovaries, swelling of the testes, aseptic meningitis and deafness.
The painful swellings recognise mumps at the side of the face under the ears. However, more general symptoms often develop a few days before the face swells. These symptoms include earache, joint pain, feeling sick, dry mouth, mild abdominal pain, tiredness, loss of appetite and a high temperature.
The best way to protect yourself against measles and mumps is to have two doses of the MMR vaccine.
The first dose of MMR is offered to all children aged one, and the second dose is offered at three years and four months. However, some students of university/college age may have missed out on their MMR when they were younger; this is because the MMR vaccine uptake was as low as 80% in 2003. This means that many young people remain unprotected, and this is thought to be why we see outbreaks in young people over the age of 15.
Vaccines cannot overload your immune system.
As soon as a baby is born, they contact large numbers of different bacteria and viruses every day. Their immune system is designed to cope with this, and the childhood vaccination programme does not overload a child's immune system. Studies have shown there are no harmful effects from giving several injections of vaccines in one go.
It is never too late to get the vaccine.
There are no risks to your health if you get an extra dose, and it is available for free to anyone who has not received both doses as a child. If you are unsure whether you are up to date, then contact your GP to check. If you haven't had two MMR doses, you should arrange a free catch up vaccination as soon as possible.