A number of measles cases have been reported across other parts of the UK and Europe this year.

While there have been very few recent cases of measles in Scotland, there remains a risk of infection in those who have only received one dose, or no doses, of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Having two doses of the MMR vaccine is the best way to be fully protected against measles.

Measles can be very unpleasant and can affect people of any age if they have not been vaccinated. It can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia and inflammation of the brain (encephalitis).

The MMR vaccine protects against measles with the first dose offered to children between 12-13 months, and the second dose offered at 3 years 4 months. If it’s missed at these times, it can be given at any age. We are encouraging anyone who hasn’t had two doses of the free MMR vaccine, as well as parents and carers of children who have missed a dose, to visit the NHS Inform website to find out how to arrange an appointment in their local health board area.  

Further information on measles and the MMR vaccine can be found on NHS Inform: Measles | NHS inform and MMR against measles | NHS inform.

Last updated: 27 November 2023