Measles and MMR vaccines

Cases of measles are rising in the North West. 

Measles is an infection that spreads very easily and can cause serious problems in some people. 

If you think you or your child may have measles please call your GP surgery. Please do not go to your GP, walk-in centre or any other healthcare setting without calling ahead, as measles is very infectious.

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.

The first symptoms of measles include:

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

Spots in the mouth: 

Small white spots may appear inside the cheeks and on the back of the lips a few days later. These spots usually last a few days.

The measles rash: 

A rash usually appears a few days after the cold-like symptoms.

The rash starts on the face and behind the ears before spreading to the rest of the body.

The rash looks brown or red on white skin. It may be harder to see on brown and black skin.

It is very unlikely to be measles if you’ve had both doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine of if you’ve had measles before. See other rashes in babies and children

Having the MMR vaccine is the best way to prevent serious illness. It is safe and effective and two doses are enough to provide long-lasting protection from measles, mumps and rubella.

NHS vaccinations and when to have them:

It’s important that vaccines are given on time for the best protection.

If you or your child missed a vaccine, contact your GP to catch up.

You can check NHS vaccinations and when to have them here

More information on measles can be found here

Walk-in MMR vaccines in community pharmacy

As part of the drive to increase uptake of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine in the North West in response to rising measles case, some pharmacies are trialling a new initiative to offer the MMR vaccine to eligible children aged 5 to 11

The initiative is initially being piloted in a limited number of pharmacies across the region.

Participating pharmacies will be able to offer walk-in vaccines to children who missed earlier doses of MMR

GP practices will also be able to refer patients for MMR vaccination in a pharmacy.

The list of participating pharmacies is below. The initiative will be rolled out in a small number of pharmacies in Greater Manchester in the near future.

Cheshire and Merseyside pharmacies: 

Cheshire Allied pharmacies, Alsager Pharmacy, 25 Lawton Road, Alsager ST7 2AA
Cheshire Vicars Cross Pharmacy, 58 Green Lane, Vicars Cross, Chester CH3 5LB
Cheshire Andrews Pharmacy, 71 Kennedy Avenue, Macclesfield SK10 3DE
Crewe West Street Pharmacy, 143 West Street, Crewe CW1 3HH
Halton Remedi Solutions Ltd, Unit 16, Berkeley Court, Manor Park, Runcorn  WA7 1TQ
Knowsley Davey’s Chemists, 112 Dinas Lane, Huyton L36 2NS
Knowsley Davey’s Pharmacy, 43-45 Manor Farm Road, Huyton L36 0UB
Liverpool Clear Chemist, 20 Brookfield Trade Centre, Brookfield Drive, Aintree   L9 7AS
Merseyside Green Lane Pharmacy, 167-169 Allerton Road, Liverpool L18 6HG
Northwich Barnton Pharmacy, 76 Runcorn Road, Barnton, Northwich CW8 4EY
South Sefton & Southport Davey’s Chemist, 69 Randall Drive, Ford, Liverpool L30 2PB
Southport Hirshman’s Chemist, Sherwood House, 56-62 Station Road, Ainsdale, Southport PR8 3HW
St Helens Allied Pharmacies- ipharm, 2 Roundwood Drive, Sherdley Road Industrial Estate, St Helens WA9 5JD
Warrington Orford Pharmacy, 45 Cotswold, Orford, Warrington WA2 9SF
Wirral Townfield Pharmacy, Townfield Medical Centre, The Wirral, Birkenhead CH43 9JW
Lancashire and South Cumbria pharmacies:
East Lancashire Aston Pharmacy, Aston House, 387-391 Blackburn Road, Accrington BB5 1RP
East Lancashire Barkerhouse Pharmacy, 102-104 Barkerhouse Road, Nelson, Lancashire BB9 9EU
Morecombe Bay Ingleton Pharmacy, Bank View, 37 Main Street, Ingleton, Carnforth LA6 3EH
West Lancashire Aspire Pharmacy, 9 Railway Road, Ormskirk L39 2DN
Greater Preston Facer as (Longton) Ltd, Ramshead Corner 66, Liverpool Road, Longton PR4 5PB
Blackburn & Darwen Everest Pharmacy, 21 Cemetery Road,  Darwen BB3 2LZ
Morecombe Bay West End Pharmacy, 3 Heysham Road, Morecambe LA3 1DA
Greater Preston Broadway Pharmacy, 331 Garstang Road, Fulwood PR2 9UP
Lytham St Annes & Ansdell PCN St Annes Pharmacy, 56 Albans Road, Lytham St Annes FY8 1TH
Blackburn & Darwen Aston Pharmacy, 95 Accrington Road, Blackburn BB1 2AF
East Lancashire Peel Street Pharmacy, 13-17 Peel Street, Accrington BB5 1EA
Wyre Rural Extended Neighbourhood Wesham Pharmacy, 22 Station Road, Wesham, Kirkham PR4 3AD
East Lancashire Brunshaw Pharmacy, 6 Brownside Road, Burnley  BB10 3JU