Stoptober: advice for parents and carers

Our students’ health is important to us. You may be aware that October brings around the national Stoptober campaign to support people who want to quit smoking. Quit Smoking this October – when you stop smoking, good things start to happen. For information and advice on how to quit please click on the Better Health NHS website.

If you would like to support your child to stop vaping there are a number of useful tips on the leaflet produced by Smokefree Sheffield.

Health information: Measles

Are your family protected against measles? Check whether you and your children have had your MMR vaccines. 

Measles is now circulating in England and families are advised to check whether children, teenagers and adults are up to date with their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)  vaccine, particularly before travelling this summer and before attending summer festivals where measles can spread more easily. 

Measles is a highly infectious disease which can lead to serious illness. MMR vaccine provides excellent protection against measles and is free on the NHS. 

Children are offered the first dose of the MMR vaccine at one year and the second dose at 3 years 4 months, but they can be given with as little as a one-month gap between doses, depending on age. 

To see if your child is up to date with their MMR vaccine, check their red book, or contact your GP practice. If anyone has missed one or both doses, contact your GP practice to book an appointment.  

It’s never too late to catch up on your MMR vaccination-  

     Families are advised to contact their GP practice to check they and their children are up to date. 

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