Tools, guidance and key events for general practice nurses

02 February 2024
Volume 35 · Issue 2

Millions of parents and carers in England are being urged to book their children in for their missed measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine as part of a major new NHS drive to protect children from becoming seriously unwell, as measles cases continue to rise

The NHS campaign will see all parents of children aged from six to 11 years contacted encouraging them to make an appointment with their child's GP.

NHS figures show more than 3.4 million children under the age of 16 years are unprotected. Last year the NHS sent two million, texts, emails and letters to parents and carers of 1-5 year olds who were unvaccinated and thanks to those efforts, around a tenth of those children (165,000) received an MMR vaccine. The NHS campaign will target areas with low uptake of the vaccine with the health service contacting just over one million people aged 11 to 25 years-old in London and the West Midlands to invite them to catch up on their missed MMR vaccinations.

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