Solihull's Conservative-led Council is supporting a call to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).
Here in Solihull, 5000+ children aged between 1-18 have either had no MMR vaccine or been under-vaccinated. This means some children remain vulnerable to serious and even fatal infections.
Cllr Karen Grinsell, Chair of Solihull Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “We take this issue very seriously. We are seeing an increase in measles outbreaks in Solihull. Measles can cause blindness, long term disability and even death. We’ll be working with our schools to get the message out and will be supporting the national campaign #vaccineswork with our local partners. During the summer season we are also urging 15-to-25-year-olds to check their vaccines are up to date. Anyone who hasn’t been fully vaccinated is at risk as they attend their first festivals, travel to countries with ongoing measles outbreaks or start university.”
The MMR vaccine is a free, safe and effective way of protecting against measles, mumps and rubella.
For more information about the MMR vaccine visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/mmr-vaccine/