Jennifer Prosser, Occupational Health Adviser from our Student Occupational Heath team tells us more about Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and advice for students…
It is advised that any University student who has not previously received the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination should be offered MMR immunisation. This blog tells you more about the vaccination and what you need to do to protect yourself.
Advice for University Students
University students who have not previously received the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination are advised to have the MMR immunisation. If you have already had 1 dose then a 2nd should be offered. You can check with your GP if you’re not sure whether you’ve had the MMR vaccine. If you are in doubt, the advice is to go ahead and have it. Even if you’ve had it before, it won’t harm you to have a second, or even third, course of the vaccination.
If you have not yet registered with a GP at University, you can contact the University’s GP practice Park Place Surgery.
What are Measles, Mumps and Rubella?
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) are common, highly infectious conditions that can have serious, and potentially fatal, complications, including meningitis, swelling of the brain (encephalitis) and deafness. They can also lead to complications in pregnancy that affect the unborn baby, and can lead to miscarriage.
What is the MMR Vaccination?
You can avoid catching these infections by having a full course of MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccination. The is a safe and effective combined vaccine that protects against the three separate illnesses – measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) – in a single injection. The full course of MMR vaccination requires two doses.
The MMR vaccine can also be given on the NHS to adults who may need it, including people born from 1970 to 1979 who may have only been vaccinated against measles, as well as those born from 1980 to 1990 who may not be protected against mumps.
Since the MMR vaccine was introduced in 1988, it’s rare for children in the UK to develop these serious conditions. However, outbreaks happen and there have been cases of measles in recent years, so it’s important to ensure that you are up to date with the MMR vaccination.
How effective is the MMR vaccine?
The effectiveness of the MMR vaccine means that cases of measles are uncommon in the UK nowadays. However, the number of cases has risen in recent years and there have been some high-profile outbreaks. For example, between November 2012 and July 2013 there was an outbreak in and around Swansea, during which more than 1,200 cases were reported. It’s thought the rise in the number of cases of measles is the result of children not being vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.
Those who are unvaccinated, remain susceptible to the disease.
- About MMR is available from the NHS
- Relating to student health and occupational health at Cardiff University is available on the University Intranet.
Jennifer Prosser, Occupational Health Adviser
Student Occupational Heath Team
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