HEALTH experts are offering parents of older school pupils in Bearsden and Milngavie the opportunity to complete two doses of the MMR vaccine for their children if they have not already done so.

The vaccination protects against measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) which are all infectious diseases that can cause significant ill health to those who are infected.

With ongoing measles outbreaks across Europe, including England, NHS Greater Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Public Health Protection Unit is doing everything it can to ensure older children are fully protected before they leave school.

Letters will be issued in the coming week to children from S3, S4, S5 and S6 classes that don’t appear to have completed the two doses of the combined vaccine.

Dr Syed Ahmed, Consultant in Public Health Medicine for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “The upsurge in cases of measles across Europe is particularly worrying and we desperately want parents whose children have not completed the two dose vaccine to take the opportunity now.

“16-24 year-olds are particularly susceptible if they haven’t completed the two dose vaccination. However, all of these diseases are preventable and by ensuring children are fully protected we are helping prevent these re-emerging infections from causing any serious harm.”

Letters will be accompanied with information offering both advice and reassurance on the safety of the MMR vaccination and an MMR screening form. Parents can complete the form and send it back in the envelope provided and a vaccination date will be given.

Parents of school aged children who are not in the above school years and have not completed two doses of the MMR vaccine should contact their own GPs and complete that two dose course as soon as possible.