Measles and the MMR vaccine

In response to the rise in measles cases across the country the NHS in Cheshire and Merseyside and is encouraging people to check that they and their children have had two doses of the MMR vaccine.

Measles is one of the world's most infectious diseases. It is more than just a rash, and is a serious risk to those who are unvaccinated.

What are the symptoms of measles?

Measles symptoms to be aware of include:

  • high fever
  • sore, red, watery eyes
  • coughing
  • aching and feeling generally unwell
  • a blotchy red brown rash, which usually appears after the initial symptoms.

Anyone with symptoms is advised to stay at home and phone their GP or NHS 111 for advice, rather than visiting the surgery or A&E, to prevent the illness spreading further. 

For more information about measles including images of a measles rash and spots in the mouth, see the website.


Protect yourself against measles with the MMR vaccine

The free MMR vaccine is a safe and effective way of protecting against measles, as well as mumps and rubella.

It’s important for parents to take up the offer of MMR vaccination for their children when offered at 1 year of age and as a pre-school booster at three years, four months of age. If children and young adults have missed these vaccinations in the past, it’s important to take up the vaccine now, particularly in light of the recent cases.

Check your child’s Red Book to see if they’ve received MMR vaccinations as scheduled or check with your GP surgery if you’re unsure. It is never too late to catch up. The MMR vaccine is free on the NHS, whatever your age.


How to get the MMR vaccine

  • Contact your GP practice to book an appointment.
  • Visit a community pharmacy - please see below for participating pharmacies
  • Visit the Living Well Bus - The Living Well Service, delivered by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, will be at selected locations across Cheshire and Merseyside, offering routine UK immunisations, including MMR, to eligible individuals of all ages. Clinic times and locations are available to view here.

For more information about the MMR vaccine visit the website.


Walk-in MMR vaccines in community pharmacy

As part of the drive to increase uptake of the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine in the North West in response to rising measles case, some pharmacies are trialling a new initiative to offer the MMR vaccine to eligible children aged 5 to 11.

The initiative is initially being piloted in a limited number of pharmacies across the region.

Participating pharmacies will be able to offer walk-in vaccines to children who missed earlier doses of MMR

GP practices will also be able to refer patients for MMR vaccination in a pharmacy.

The list of participating pharmacies is below. 

Cheshire Allied pharmacies, Alsager Pharmacy, 25 Lawton Road, Alsager, ST7 2AA
Cheshire Vicars Cross Pharmacy, 58 Green Lane, Vicars Cross, Chester, SK10 3DE
Cheshire Andrews Pharmacy, 71 Kennedy Avenue, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 3DE
Crewe West Street Pharmacy, 143 West Street, Crewe, CW1 3HH
Halton Remedi Solutions Ltd, Unit 16, Berkeley Court, Manor Park, Runcorn, WA7 1TQ 
Knowsley Davey’s Chemists, 112 Dinas Lane, Huyton, L36 2NS
Knowsley Davey’s Pharmacy, 43-45 Manor Farm Road, Huyton, L36 0UB
Liverpool Clear Chemist, 20 Brookfield Trade Centre, Brookfield Drive, Aintree, L9 7AS  
Liverpool Green Lane Pharmacy, 167-169 Allerton Road, Liverpool, L18 6HG
Northwich Barnton Pharmacy, 76 Runcorn Road, Barnton, Northwich, CW8 4EY
South Sefton and Southport Davey’s Chemist, 69 Randall Drive, Ford, Liverpool, L30 2PB
Southport Hirshman’s Chemist, Sherwood House, 56-62 Station Road, Ainsdale, Southport, Pr8 3HW
St Helens Allied Pharmacies- ipharm, 2 Roundwood Drive, Sherdley Road Industrial Estate, St Helens, WA9 5JD
Warrington Orford Pharmacy, 45 Cotswold, Orford, Warrington, WA2 9SF
Wirral Townfield Pharmacy, Townfield Medical Centre, The Wirral, Birkenhead, CH43 9JW

MMR vaccine promotional resources

Downloadable resources including posters, social media assets, display screen slides and more are available to help organisations and community groups promote uptake of the MMR vaccine, including resources available in 17 languages including English.

All the resources are available to download here.