Make sure your child has the full MMR jab

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PARENTS planning holidays abroad should check their children have had the full MMR vaccination before travelling.

Although only one case of measles has been reported in Portsmouth, 1,123 people suffered from it nationally in the first five months of the year.

Destinations popular with British holiday-makers, such as France, Italy, Spain and Ireland are among the top seven countries reporting high numbers of measles cases currently.

Kate Lees, acting consultant for public health at Portsmouth City Council, is advising people to make sure their children are protected.

She said: ‘It’s really important parents make sure their children have had the full MMR vaccination as measles is a highly infectious illness and spreads really easily.’

Symptoms of measles may include a fever, cough, red eyes and a blocked nose.

Also, a blotchy rash appears on the face and spreads to the rest of the body over several days.

People are usually infectious from the day before their first symptom shows to four or five days after the first appearance of the rash.

To find out more, visit nhs.uk/conditions/measles/pages/introduction.aspx.