Flu & MMR vaccination
Every year all children from Reception Year to 10 years old by the immunisation team in school. Children over the age of 10 years who are at risk e.g. have asthma or diabetes should get the flu vaccination every year from their GP.
Keeping your child at home if they have symptoms of flu-like illness or diarrhoea and/or vomiting or any other
infectious disease is also important as this also helps prevent wider outbreaks of diseases like flu and
norovirus, especially at this time of year.
In London, vaccination rates for MMR in children are lower than needed. We currently have outbreaks of
measles in London and outbreaks are also being seen in other parts of the UK along with large outbreaks
across Europe. Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to
The best protection against measles is to ensure your child has had two doses of the mumps, measles and
rubella (MMR) vaccination. Search online: “NHS MMR vaccine”. Children up to the age of 18 who missed, or
only partially completed, their earlier MMR vaccination can have a “catch-up” MMR vaccination on the NHS.
If you are not sure:
1. Check that your child has had all the correct vaccinations. It will be recorded in your child’s red book,
or you can ask your GP.
2. If you think your child has missed any of the vaccinations, please speak with your GP in the first
There is lots of information about vaccination here: www.nhs.uk/vaccinations