HEALTH bosses in Barnsley have launched a new campaign urging parents and carers to book their children in for their missed MMR vaccine.

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine protects children from becoming seriously unwell, with cases of measles rising across the country.

The NHS campaign will see all parents of children aged from six to 11 years contacted encouraging them to make an appointment with their child’s GP practice for their missed MMR vaccine.

Dr David Crichton, chief medical officer at NHS South Yorkshire, said: “With measles cases on the rise across the country it is vital that parents and guardians come forward if their child has not had their MMR jab vaccination to protect our children and vulnerable people.

“As measles is a serious illness and highly contagious, even a small decline in MMR vaccine levels can lead to a rise in cases which can lead to complications.

“This may make you feel unwell, require a stay in hospital and on rare occasions can cause lifelong disability or death.

“I would encourage parents and guardians to check their child’s red book/vaccination record to see if they are up to date with their MMR vaccinations and to book an appointment as soon as possible if they are invited, to ensure their child is protected.”