Solihull residents urged to get MMR vaccine - The Solihull Observer

Solihull residents urged to get MMR vaccine

Solihull Editorial 18th Feb, 2024   0

SILHILLIANS who aren’t vaccinated against measles are being urged to roll up their sleeves by the Meriden MP.

Saqib Bhatti, is calling on residents to urgently come forward to get their vaccine amid rising cases in the region.

Between October 1 and January 12, there were 167 confirmed cases and a further 88 likely cases in the West Midlands.

Around 80 per cent of reported cases have been seen in Birmingham and about 10 per cent in Coventry.

However more cases are being reported in other Councils areas.

Mr Bhatti said: “I strongly encourage anyone who has not yet received their MMR vaccine to do so urgently.

“The best way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe is to follow the advice of healthcare professionals and get vaccinated.”

“Further information about measles and the MMR vaccine can be found on the NHS website and I would recommend that everyone takes the time to read it thoroughly.”

UKHSA health professionals are concerned that these figures will rise quickly, as while most parents ensure their children get both MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) doses, in some communities uptake of the MMR vaccine is worryingly low, and this is why we are seeing this rapid spread.

Measles spreads very easily among those who are unvaccinated, especially in nurseries and schools, and is a nasty illness and in some children can be very serious and lead to hospitalisation – and in rare cases tragically can cause death.

People in certain at-risk groups including babies and young children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immunity, are at increased risk of complications if they catch measles.

Dr Naveed Syed, UKHSA West Midlands consultant in health protection, said: “We are seeing cases of measles rising every day in the West Midlands. The virus is very infectious and can spread rapidly among communities, such as schools, if people have not had at least one dose of the MMR vaccine.

“Uptake of MMR in the region is much lower than the 95% needed to protect the population, which is giving this serious disease a chance to get a foothold in our communities. That’s why it’s vital that anyone who hasn’t had TWO doses of the MMR vaccine by the time they started full time school gets immunised as soon as possible.”


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