Calls for holidaymakers to get MMR vaccination

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A PUBLIC health boss is urging holidaymakers to ensure they are vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella following a spike in cases.

The number of new diagnoses has risen according to the Department of Health.

Now Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones is calling on residents to ensure they have had their MMR jab before going away.

Speaking on behalf of Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth Primary Care Trust cluster directors of public health, Dr Edmondson-Jones said: ‘For best immunity two doses of the vaccine are required with an interval of at least four weeks between.

‘Other vaccinations may also be required depending on where you are travelling. If you are going on holiday very shortly and are not immunised, a single dose of MMR vaccine before you leave is better than none at all.’

Contact your GP.