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Measles

What is measles?

Measles usually starts with cold-like symptoms, followed by a rash a few days later. Some people may also get small spots in their mouth.

Cold-like symptoms

The first symptoms of measles include:

  • a high temperature
  • a runny or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • a cough
  • red, sore, watery eyes

There are other causes of rashes in babies and children too


2 MMR vaccines give lifelong 99% protection against measles. 1 vaccine will give 92% protection.

Sometimes babies over 6 months old are given the MMR vaccine earlier than usual if:

  • they may have been exposed to the measles virus
  • there is an outbreak of measles
  • they are travelling abroad to a country where measles is common

It’s important to check you’ve had both doses if you:

  • are about to start college or university
  • are going to travel abroad
  • are planning a pregnancy
  • are a frontline health or social care worker
  • were born between 1970 and 1979, as you may have only been vaccinated against measles
  • were born between 1980 and 1990, as you may not be protected against mumps

What to do if you suspect you have measles

Do not panic! It’s very unlikely to be measles if you’ve had both doses of the MMR vaccine or you’ve had measles before.

Please do NOT come to the surgery, visit friends or relatives or send your child to school if you think they may have measles.

Measles can spread to others easily. Contact your GP surgery before you go in.

You can also call 111 or get help from 111 online.

What is measles?

Measles usually starts with cold-like symptoms, followed by a rash a few days later. Some people may also get small spots in their mouth.

Cold-like symptoms

The first symptoms of measles include:

  • a high temperature
  • a runny or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • a cough
  • red, sore, watery eyes

There are other causes of rashes in babies and children too


2 MMR vaccines give lifelong 99% protection against measles. 1 vaccine will give 92% protection.

Sometimes babies over 6 months old are given the MMR vaccine earlier than usual if:

  • they may have been exposed to the measles virus
  • there is an outbreak of measles
  • they are travelling abroad to a country where measles is common

It’s important to check you’ve had both doses if you:

  • are about to start college or university
  • are going to travel abroad
  • are planning a pregnancy
  • are a frontline health or social care worker
  • were born between 1970 and 1979, as you may have only been vaccinated against measles
  • were born between 1980 and 1990, as you may not be protected against mumps

What to do if you suspect you have measles

Do not panic! It’s very unlikely to be measles if you’ve had both doses of the MMR vaccine or you’ve had measles before.

Please do NOT come to the surgery, visit friends or relatives or send your child to school if you think they may have measles.

Measles can spread to others easily. Contact your GP surgery before you go in.

You can also call 111 or get help from 111 online.

18 Aug, 2023
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COVID-19 Vaccine – Spring Dose

In February, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised a spring dose (www.gov.uk – Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) statement on COVID-19 vaccinations in 2022: 21 February 2022) of the COVID-19 vaccine for: 

Adults aged 75 years and over 
Residents in care homes for older adults 
Individuals aged 12 years and over who have a weakened immune system 
The NHS will contact those who are eligible to make a spring booster appointment, so people should wait until they hear from the NHS. The NHS will prioritise those whose clinical need is greatest, as it has throughout, starting with those who have had a bigger gap since their last dose, then working through the cohort to invite others who have waited less time. Everyone who is eligible will be offered a top up between three and six months over the Spring and early Summer.

In February, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised a spring dose (www.gov.uk – Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) statement on COVID-19 vaccinations in 2022: 21 February 2022) of the COVID-19 vaccine for: 

Adults aged 75 years and over 
Residents in care homes for older adults 
Individuals aged 12 years and over who have a weakened immune system 
The NHS will contact those who are eligible to make a spring booster appointment, so people should wait until they hear from the NHS. The NHS will prioritise those whose clinical need is greatest, as it has throughout, starting with those who have had a bigger gap since their last dose, then working through the cohort to invite others who have waited less time. Everyone who is eligible will be offered a top up between three and six months over the Spring and early Summer.

Extended Access

You can now book a GP or Nurse appointment in Kenilworth during evening and weekends. 

You can book in advance by speaking to one of our team or calling 01926 859955, please note our phone lines are busy from 08:30 – 10:00 so if your reason for calling is non-urgent please call after these times. 

Monday 
GP 18:30 – 21:00 
Practice Nurse 18:30 – 20:30 

Wednesday 
GP 18:30 – 21:00 

Friday 
GP 18:30-21:00 
Practice Nurse 18:30-20:30 

Saturday 
GP 09:00-12:00 
Practice Nurse 09:00-12:00 

Sunday 
GP 09:00-12:00 
Practice Nurse 09:00-12:00

You can now book a GP or Nurse appointment in Kenilworth during evening and weekends. 

You can book in advance by speaking to one of our team or calling 01926 859955, please note our phone lines are busy from 08:30 – 10:00 so if your reason for calling is non-urgent please call after these times. 

Monday 
GP 18:30 – 21:00 
Practice Nurse 18:30 – 20:30 

Wednesday 
GP 18:30 – 21:00 

Friday 
GP 18:30-21:00 
Practice Nurse 18:30-20:30 

Saturday 
GP 09:00-12:00 
Practice Nurse 09:00-12:00 

Sunday 
GP 09:00-12:00 
Practice Nurse 09:00-12:00

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Advice in your region:

England | Scotland | Wales | Northern Ireland | Ireland

Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms

Find out about the main symptoms of coronavirus and what to do if you have them.

Self-isolation and treatment if you have coronavirus symptoms

Advice about staying at home (self-isolation) and treatment for you and anyone you live with.

Testing and tracing

Information about testing for coronavirus and what to do if you're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.
 

People at high risk

Advice for people at higher risk from coronavirus, including older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women.

Social distancing and changes to everyday life

Advice about avoiding close contact with other people (social distancing), looking after your wellbeing and using the NHS and other services during coronavirus.

GOV.UK: coronavirus – guidance and support

Government information and advice.

Advice in your region:

England | Scotland | Wales | Northern Ireland | Ireland

Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms

Find out about the main symptoms of coronavirus and what to do if you have them.

Self-isolation and treatment if you have coronavirus symptoms

Advice about staying at home (self-isolation) and treatment for you and anyone you live with.

Testing and tracing

Information about testing for coronavirus and what to do if you're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.
 

People at high risk

Advice for people at higher risk from coronavirus, including older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women.

Social distancing and changes to everyday life

Advice about avoiding close contact with other people (social distancing), looking after your wellbeing and using the NHS and other services during coronavirus.

GOV.UK: coronavirus – guidance and support

Government information and advice.

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