There have been a number of measles cases across Yorkshire so Barnsley Council is reminding residents to check they are up to date with their Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations.
Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health, Barnsley, said: “Here in Barnsley we have a good uptake for the MMR vaccine so most people are protected but we want to remind residents of all ages that measles spreads quickly in people that aren’t vaccinated. At best it’s unpleasant and at worst potentially dangerous.”
The MMR vaccination is offered to children aged one year old and also at three years and four months; however if you think you or your child has not received two doses of the vaccination contact your GP surgery to check if your vaccinations are up to date. If you book your GP appointments online, you may also be able to check in this way.
For more information on what vaccinations are needed at different ages, visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/childhood-vaccines-timeline/