MMR vaccine is offered to pupils

NHS Tayside is offering children and young people, who have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine, the opportunity to be immunised in a catch up programme across schools and GP practices.

Pupils in S3, S4, S5 and S6 will be offered the vaccination at sessions in March, when school nurses will also be carrying out HPV vaccinations.

Those who have left school and those aged between 18 and 24 can receive the immunisation at their GP practice. Any child up to the age of 15 who has not completed the two doses can also be vaccinated at their own GP.

The MMR vaccine gives protection against measles, mumps and rubella which are all highly infectious viruses and can cause dangerous and very unpleasant illnesses.

NHS Tayside’s health protection team have written to parents of those pupils who have not completed two doses of the MMR vaccine to encourage them to take up the offer of immunisation at their school during March.