Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccination

MMR Vaccination graphic showing an MMR vaccination punching an anthropomorphic germ

The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps and rubella (German measles). MMR has three separate vaccines in one injection.

A vaccination campaign aimed at curbing the growing threat of measles has been announced by the Public Health Agency (PHA).

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From 6 February 2024, first and second doses of the Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) vaccine will be offered to anyone aged between 12 months and 25 years who missed getting the vaccines first time around. The MMR catch-up campaign will run until 31 March 2024. Those who have never received any doses of MMR vaccine should book early to allow one month between dose one and dose two before the end of March.

After a worrying drop in uptake in recent years and a growing number of measles cases in the UK and Europe, the PHA is urging parents to get their children vaccinated.

Latest figures from the PHA show that in Northern Ireland 88.8% had received their first dose of MMR at two years of age and 85.4% had received their second dose of MMR when reported at five years of age. This means that Northern Ireland falls below the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation that at least 95% of children should be fully vaccinated for diseases, in order to prevent outbreaks.

Any children or young adults up to the age of 25 who missed getting the vaccines first time around will have the opportunity to receive it now. Children between 12 months and 5 years of age can get the vaccine through their GP practice and those aged 6 years to 25 years of age can attend a HSC Trust vaccination clinic.

VACCINATION CLINICS FOR ANYONE 6 YEARS OLD – 25 YEARS OLD

In the South Eastern Trust a number of walk-in appointments are available at the following locations:

Ulster Hospital Vaccination Centre

Wednesday 27 March 2024, 8.30am-4.30pm

Friday 29 March 2024, 8.30am-1pm

Lisburn Primary Care and Community Centre

Friday 29 March 2024

8.30am – 1pm                                          

Please note children under the age of 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For those aged 17 years and over, please bring photographic identification.