Drop-in Clinics Set Up To Tackle Wandsworth Measles Outbreak

More than 100 suspected cases in the borough since the end of September

Special MMR vaccination catch-up clinics have been set up to help tackle an outbreak of measles in Wandsworth.

There have been more than 100 suspected cases of measles reported in the borough since the end of September, mostly among schoolchildren and young adults. The council has launched a publicity campaign to encourage parents and carers to ensure their child is fully vaccinated, with information sent out via schools, children’s centres, libraries and other settings. Teenagers and young adults are also being encouraged to check their vaccination status.

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is normally given via two doses at one year old and again from 18 months. Often children miss out on the second dose for various reasons. You or your child will not be fully immunised against measles unless both doses have been received. The vaccine also protects against mumps, which has seen an increase in cases recently.

The clinics will be held at the following locations:

February 27, 4.15pm-7.15pm, York Gardens Children’s Centre, Lavender Road, Battersea SW11 2UG

March 5, 3.45pm-6.45pm, Putney Leisure Centre, Dryburgh Road, SW15 1BL

March 10, 4.15pm-7.15pm, Tooting Leisure Centre, Greaves Place, SW17 0NE

“The MMR vaccine is the only way to protect children against what is a highly infectious and potentially very serious disease,” said the council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Melanie Hampton.

“If you want to protect your child and help prevent the disease spreading, make sure they have had both doses of the vaccine. I know people worry about vaccinations, but the MMR has been shown to be completely safe and very effective.

“Over the next few weeks we will be doing all we can to get the message out, and we would encourage all parents and carers whose children have not had both doses of the vaccine, or who are unsure, to contact their GP or attend a clinic.”

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

You can also seek advice from your GP or practice nurse.

February 18, 2020