Outbreaks of measles across Wandsworth have prompted a reminder to parents to ensure their children are vaccinated against the disease.

Over the last two months there have been 41 cases of outbreak in London, with two in the Wandsworth borough just over the past week, writes Oonagh Turner.

Wandsworth Times:

How measles looks on the skin

Both adults and children are at risk and so the push for immunisation is an attempt to ensure the protection of residents and to prevent the disease spreading further.

According to health professionals, measles can be a very serious illness that can cause complication and can, at times, be fatal. It is highly infectious and is spread through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.


Houda Al-Sharifi, Wandsworth’s director of public health, said: "Please check that you and your children are fully immunised and had both doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Ask your GP if you are not sure if you are immunised.

"It’s never too late to get the vaccine."