9 out of 10 unvaccinated children can catch measles if someone in their class has it. Check your child is up to date with MMR.

Measles and the MMR vaccine

Measles cases are on the rise across London and England. Vaccination is our best defence.

The MMR vaccine is a safe and effective combined vaccine, that protects against three serious illnesses, measles, mumps and rubella. 2 doses of the MMR vaccine provide the best protection.

Getting vaccinated is important, as these conditions can also lead to serious problems including meningitis, hearing loss and problems during pregnancy.

To read more about the MMR vaccine please click here: MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine - NHS

Measles cases are rising at the moment in London and urgent action is needed to make sure that your child is protected from becoming seriously unwell.

Please make sure your child is up to date with their vaccinations. If you are not sure you can check the red book and make an appointment with your GP surgery to get those vaccinations done.

Two doses of the MMR vaccine is needed to give your child lifelong protection from Measles. This is normally given around the child's first birthday and then the second dose is given around three years old. But it's never too late to catch up on these vaccinations. 

If you do have any questions about the vaccinations or you're not sure whether you've missed any doses then please do ask your practice nurse at your local GP surgery, then you can make an appointment for any missed doses that your child might have.


What to do if you or your child have missed any MMR vaccinations

If you or your child have missed any MMR vaccinations, or you are unsure if you or your child is up to date you can:

  • Contact your GP practice.
  • Check your children’s red books to see if they are up to date with their MMR vaccinations.
  • Check your vaccinations on the NHS app. Sign up here: About the NHS App (NHS website) You have to be over 13 to use the NHS app – not all practice data is visible yet.

If you live within Merton and your child is not vaccinated, please use the following table to find available clinics.

Find an MMR clinic in Merton

This table is subject to change, so please check here before attending a drop-in clinic. 

To book please contact the Immunisation Team on 020 3903 3371 or 020 3903 3373

Day and dateLocationTimeDrop in possibleAge group
Tuesday 30 AprilMitcham Fire Station, CR4 4BJ3.00pm - 5.30pmNo11-16 years
Wednesday 15 MayMitcham Fire Station, CR4 4BJ3.00pm - 5.30pmNo11-16 years