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Flu / MMR clinics Posted or Updated on 8 Feb 2024

Half term MMR pop-up vaccine clinics set up for children

Pop-up vaccination clinics have been set up during February half term to help ensure children are up to date with their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jab.

All children are invited for their first MMR vaccine on the NHS when they turn one. The second dose is given when they reach three years and four months of age.

Having two doses of the vaccine provides the best protection against MMR and adults and older children can be vaccinated at any age if they have not been fully vaccinated before.

The clinics, which will be running everyday throughout the half term break, are open to all eligible children who are due or have missed a dose. Adults up to the age of 25 are also invited to come forward.

The pop-up clinics are being hosted at a range of locations across the Black Country. This is in addition to existing pop-up clinics taking place this weekend:

Saturday 10 February:

•Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge, DY8 2AA, 10am-3pm. To book an appointment call 01384 431 712

•West Bromwich Central Family Hub, Off Claypit Lane, West Bromwich, B70 9EZ, 9am-3pm. To book an appointment call 0121 592 1110

Monday 12 February:

• Tesco, Silver Street, Brownhills, Walsall, WS8 6DZ, 9am-3pm, To book an appointment call 01922 902035

• Bilston Market, Pinfold Street, WV14 0DN, 9am-2pm. To book an appointment call 01902 200077

Tuesday 13 February:

• War Memorial, Lye, DY9 8LF, 9am-2pm. To book an appointment call 01384 431 712

• Tesco, Fox Oak Street, Cradley Heath, B64 5DF, 9am-3pm. To book an appointment call 0121 592 1110

Wednesday 14 February:

• The Square, New Invention, Willenhall, WV12 5EA, 9am-3pm. To book an appointment call 01902 200077

• Low Hill Family Hub, 26-28 Fourth Avenue, Wolverhampton, WV10 9LZ, 9am-3:30pm. To book an appointment call 01902 200077 Thursday 15 February:

• New Square, West Bromwich, B70 7PR, 9am-3pm. To book an appointment call 0121 592 1110

• Blakenall Village Centre, 79 Thames Rd, WS3 1LZ, 9am-3pm. To book an appointment call 01922 902035 Friday 16 February:

• Dudley Market Place, High Street, DY1 1PQ, 9am-2pm. To book an appointment call 01384 431 712

Saturday 17 February:

• Walsall Town Centre, Lower Hall Lane, St Matthews Quarter, WS1 1PU, 9am-2pm To book an appointment call 01922 902035

• Halesowen Town Centre, Somers Square, B63 3AE, 10am-3pm. To book an appointment call 0121 592 1110.

The clinics will be staffed by trained healthcare professionals from the NHS and Vaccination UK who specialise in childhood vaccinations and follow all necessary safety protocols. Children will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the clinics.

Dr Fiona Rose, local GP and Clinical Director for Quality and Safety for the NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board, said: “The half term break provides a great opportunity for eligible. Children who are due or have missed a dose, as well as adults up to the age of 25, to get protected against measles.

“Measles is a highly infectious disease which can lead to serious complications such as severe lung infections and inflammation of the brain. It can spread quickly among communities, particularly schools and nurseries, if children have not had two dose the MMR vaccine.

“With cases rising in the West Midlands, it’s never been more important to ensure your child is fully vaccinated with MMR vaccine. It’s safe and effective, and offers the best protection against measles, so please do come forward and pay one of our pop-up clinics a visit.”

In the UK, there are two types of MMR vaccine – MMR VaxPro® and Priorix®. Priorix® does not contain pork gelatine and both vaccines are available at the pop-up clinics.

Those who are unsure if they, or their child, are up to date with all their routine vaccinations can confirm their vaccine status by checking:

-their child’s Red Book (personal child health record)

-the NHS App

-or by contacting their GP practice.

For more information about the MMR vaccine and the pop-up clinics, visit the NHS Black Country ICB website - https://blackcountry.icb.nhs.uk/your-health/health-advice/measles 

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