Worried about the recent outbreaks of measles?

In Camden, mobile vaccination clinics have been set up to help cope with demand. The clinics will be sited in places which are convenient for busy parents to get to.

In Camden, one in four children start school behind on their MMR vaccination.

Measles is a highly contagious disease and is spread by coughs and sneezes.

Where can I get a vaccine?

The vaccine, the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) jab, is delivered in two doses, the first given at 12 months, and the second at about three years and four months, before children start school.

If your child has missed either of these two vaccine doses, or if you’re not sure if they are up to date, contact the Camden Vaccination team, who can help you.

  • You can reach the Camden vaccinations team from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Ground Floor, Peckwater Centre, 6 Peckwater Street, NW5 2TX
  • Phone: 020 3317 5076 (Immunisation office) or 020 3317 5074 (Immunisation Nurse)
  • Find out more about the immunisation service in Camden
  • The times and locations of the vaccination buses are yet to be confirmed. For further help please contact the vaccination team above.

Vaccine without pork products 

The standard MMR vaccine contains ingredients which come from pork, however if you do not eat pork products, you can simply ask for an alternative version called Priorix from your GP.

What happens if you catch measles?

Measles is recognised by a high fever, a blotchy red or brown rash, sore, red and watery eyes, coughing and sneezing.

It normally clears up after seven to 10 days, however, it can lead to serious problems if it infects other parts of the body, such as the lungs or brain.

Complications can include pneumonia, meningitis, blindness and seizures.

Babies and young children, pregnant women and those with a weakened immune system are more at risk.

People with measles are infectious until at least four days after the rash appears.

You should also stay away from nursery, school, university, work and other group activities while you are infectious.

Those with mild symptoms are asked not to visit their GP or hospital but to call the NHS on 111 or get help online.