Measles in Wandsworth

There have been more than 100 suspected cases of measles reported in Wandsworth since the end of September, mostly among school children and young adults.

What is measles and why is it dangerous?

Measles is a highly-infectious viral infection that anyone can catch, including adults. It usually starts with a runny nose, red eyes, cough and temperature. A rash follows, usually about four days after the other symptoms, and lasts for up to seven days. Complications are common, even in the UK, including severe cough and breathing difficulties, ear, eye and lung infections. On rare occasions, measles can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening complications It can be particularly serious for children and adults with poor immune systems, pregnant women and infants under one year old.

How can I protect my child and myself against Measles?

The MMR vaccine is the only way to protect against this highly infectious and potentially very serious disease

The Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is completely safe and very effective in providing protection to children and adults from three very serious illnesses, all currently on the rise in Wandsworth. This vaccination is normally given via two doses at one year old and again from 18 months however for various reasons people often miss their second dose.

Unless both doses have been received, you or your child will not be fully immunised.

Where can you get vaccinated?

The local immunisation service would encourage anyone who has not had both doses of the vaccine (or who are unsure) to contact their GP or attend one of the following catch-up clinics:

Clapham Junction Catch-Up Clinic Putney Catch-Up Clinic Tooting Catch-Up Clinic
27th February 2020 from 4.15pm to 7.15pm 5th March 2020 from 3.45pm to 6.45pm 10th March 2020 from 4.15pm to 7.15pm
@ York Gardens Children’s Centre, Lavender Road, Battersea SW11 2UG @ Putney Leisure Centre, Dryburgh Road, SW15 1BL @ Tooting Leisure Centre, Greaves Place, SW17 0NE

Help us stop measles in its tracks.

For more information on Measles and MMR visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/measles