Please check your children are protected against measles by making sure they've had two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Many children starting school for the first time, or moving up to secondary school, can be vulnerable to catching infectious diseases if they're not fully immunised. Measles is highly infectious and can be life threatening.
Your child needs to have the pre-school booster and second MMR (at 3 years and 4 months or soon after) before they start school.
Find out which immunisations your child should have then see if they are up to date by checking their Personal Child Health Record (red book), or by asking your GP.
The MMR jab is free on the NHS and can be provided by your local GP on appointment.
The GP confederation also now has baby clinics available for families who find it hard to get to GP appointments.
Immunisation routine schedule
8 weeks old
12 weeks old
16 weeks old
1 year old (on or after the child's first birthday)
2 to 8 years old (including children in reception class and school years 1 to 4)
3 years 4 months old or soon after
Girls ages 12 to 13 years
14 years old (school year 9)
What should you do if your child is not up to date with their immunisations?
- Take your child to your GP surgery or local child health clinic to receive any outstanding immunisations.
- If you are not sure or have questions, ask your GP, health visiting team or school nurse.
- Remember - it is never too late to protect your child.
For adults who were born after 1970 and who have not had 2 doses of MMR, you can still catch up with 2 doses, one month apart. This protects you and your family, as well as the wider community. More information.