The United Kingdom is facing a “vaccine refusal” problem and the number of children catching measles, a very contagious disease, is going up each year.
Statistics currently show that more than 500,000 children were not immunised against measles between 2010 and 2017
The National Health Service in England has warned that not taking the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccinations can potentially cause brain damage, blindness and even death.
It can kill children with weak immune systems, while there could also be complications including meningitis, encephalitis and eye damage.
Babies usually get their first MMR jab around their first birthday and the second dose after the age of three, before starting school. Public Health England has warned that those who missed their MMR jab should see their doctor immediately.
Teenagers in particular should be sure they were vaccinated and get another shot if they are in doubt of their MMR jab status.
There is widespread measles outbreaks in Europe and families with children are likely to travel to the continent this summer.
The numbers infections have skyrocketed this year and were highest in France, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Germany.