Measles - make sure your child is fully vaccinated

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

  • diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, haemophilus influenza
  • type b (Hib), and hepatitis B (6 in 1)
  • pneumococcal
  • meningococcal group B (MenB)
  • rotavirus gastroenteritis

12 weeks old

  • diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Hib and hepatitis B
  • rotavirus

16 weeks old

  • meningitis B
  • pneumococcal
  • diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Hib and hepatitis B

1 year old (on or after the child's first birthday)

  • measles, mumps, rubella (German measles)
  • Hib and MenC
  • pneumococcal
  • MenB

2 to 8 years old (including children in reception class and school years 1 to 4)

  •  influenza (each year from September)

3 years 4 months old or soon after

  • diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio
  • measles, mumps and rubella

Girls ages 12 to 13 years


  •  cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18 (and genital warts caused by types 6 and 11) 

14 years old (school year 9)

  • tetanus, diphtheria and polio
  • meningococcal groups A, C, W and Y disease.

What should you do if your child is not up to date with their immunisations?

  1. Take your child to your GP surgery or local child health clinic to receive any outstanding immunisations.
  2. If you are not sure or have questions, ask your GP, health visiting team or school nurse.
  3. Remember - it is never too late to protect your child.

GP surgeries, health visiting or school nursing teams and children's centres can all provide additional information and advice. Alternatively, see the NHS vaccination schedule or NHS Choices.

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.

Page updated: 18/09/2018 10:40:49