HEALTH chiefs in Barnsley are doing a push to get more children to have the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jab after an outbreak in Merseyside.

NHS Barnsley believes that many local children - aged between 12 and 19-year-old - might not be fully immunised because they haven't had both parts of the jab.

The first dose of MMR vaccine is normally given around the age of 13 months and the second between the ages of 3 and 4 years, before a child goes to school.

Anita Dobson, public health specialist for NHS Barnsley, said: “MMR is safe, effective and reliable, however two doses are required to give full immunity against the serious diseases of measles, mumps and rubella.

"Measles and mumps are spread through close contact and can be particularly rife amongst young people living and socialising together. Following a recent outbreak of measles in Merseyside it has never been more important to get protected against all three diseases.”

Parents can check their child’s vaccination status by contacting their GP practice.