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This Cambridge pharmacy is among the first places in the UK you can get an adult MMR vaccine

A Cambridge branch of high street chemist Superdrug is among the first in the UK to offer the adult ..

By admin , in Cambridge , at April 26, 2018

A Cambridge branch of high street chemist Superdrug is among the first in the UK to offer the adult MMR vaccine.

The measles, mumps and rubella jab will be available from clinic at the Sidney Street branch for people over 18 years old and over and who are not currently vaccinated.

The Superdrug store on Sidney Street (Image: Google)

It comes at a time when Public Health England has warned about measles cases in several regions of England this year.

It also follows the trend in the noughties for some parents not having their children immunised due to, now debunked, fears about the vaccine's links to autism.

Dr. Pixie McKenna, Superdrugs health and wellbeing ambassador, said: "Measles in particular can be potentially life threatening.

"It is important for those who may have missed the vaccine in childhood to get themselves vaccinated, to prevent both catching and spreading these infections.

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"The MMR vaccine is tried and tested and has been proven to be both safe and effective, and is now available on the high street in Superdrug stores.”

The treatment will be administered as part of the store's travel health service at a cost of £55 per dose.

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Currently the MMR vaccination is advised for travel to the majority of Asia, Africa, India and South America.

More recently, there have also been outbreaks of measles in developed countries such as Australia, US, Canada, New Zealand and several European countries including the UK.

About the MMR vaccine controversy

The vaccine was wrongly linked to autism

The MMR combination vaccination was introduced into the UK in 1988, as an addition to the individual measles vaccine that was introduced in 1968.

Patients born before 1968 may not have been fully vaccinated either as a child or as part of a later catch-up programme on the NHS; although they may have been exposed to the infections as a child, leading to natural immunity.

In 1998, Andrew Wakefield released a research paper suggesting that the combined MMR vaccination was linked to Autism and bowel disease.

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The paper was retracted 12 years later. The data has been proved to be fatally flawed both scientifically and ethically by the General Medical Council (GMC) and Dr Wakefield has been struck off the GMC register.

Follow-up studies have now shown no link between the vaccine and autism or bowel disease.

There are many more children and young adults who havent received the MMR vaccine than in previous decades

MMR vaccines have been, and continue to be, safely incorporated into NHS vaccinations programmes in the UK and around the world.

MMR symptoms

Measles, mumps and rubella are all viruses which can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis. Measles in particular is highly contagious and is amongst one of the most infectious diseases in the western world.

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Measles symptoms may include a fever, a characteristic red rash, a cough, nasal congestion and a feeling of exhaustion.

Mumps infections typically cause significant swelling around the jaw, muscle ache, a fever, and headaches. The rubella virus can also cause fever, malaise, conjunctivitis and cold like symptoms.

The red rubella rash is usually around the neck, face and the ears but can be elsewhere. It can also affect the lymph nodes.

Rubella, like many infections, is of significant concern during pregnancy. It can cause changes in foetal development and in some cases a miscarriage.

Complications from the viruses may include convulsions and encephalitis from measles, deafness and sub-fertility from mumps and miscarriage with rubella.

See here for more information.