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Public Health message: Birmingham measles cases prompt MMR vaccination call

People in Birmingham are being encouraged to check that they, their children and teenagers have had two doses of MMR vaccine following confirmation of cases of measles within the city.

Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands is working with Birmingham City Council and local NHS partners to make sure that anyone in the city who needs an MMR vaccination is aware, following confirmed cases of measles in children in Birmingham. Most of the recent cases had not received the required two doses of MMR vaccine.

If children and young adults have missed these vaccinations in the past, it’s important to take up the vaccine now from GPs, particularly in light of the recent cases in Birmingham.

Parents should check their child’s Red Book to see if they’ve received MMR vaccinations as scheduled, or check with their GP surgery if they are unsure.

Measles symptoms to be aware of include:

• high fever

• sore, red, watery eyes

• coughing

• aching and feeling generally unwell

• a blotchy red brown rash, which usually appears after the initial symptoms.

 

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I was born, and have grown up in inner city Birmingham. As a child I attended Highfield Junior & Infant School, a large Victorian built primary school in the Saltley area of the city. I was delighted when Highfield joined our family of schools, becoming the third member of the Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT). My parents were first generation immigrants from Pakistan and from a very early age instilled in me the value and transformational power of education, a journey that I began at Highfield in 1978 as a four year old who spoke no English.
 
My background and experiences give me a unique insight into the communities I currently serve as Executive Headteacher and CEO of PACT. There are more than 2000 children at the 3 schools and I have the same high expectations for all of them. We understand that from time to time some of our children and families experience very challenging circumstances, we are clear in our belief however that there is no excuse for underachievement and that regardless of their situation; all of our pupils will fulfil their potential.
 
As educators and those responsible for building the foundations for future educational success for our children, we believe that everything that happens in the school, has to be good enough for our own children if we are to accept it as good enough for the pupils that we serve. I insist that all staff have to buy into this philosophy.
 
This message has been embraced by the staff and as a result; Prince Albert School has achieved national recognition for the high quality education it provides and improvements made over the last few years. At Heathfield, my Senior Leadership Team, supported by a dedicated team of staff has overseen rapid improvement in a short space of time followed by a period of stability and consolidation. At Highfield we have continued to make significant improvements in the quality of teaching and learning and I am confident that all of our schools will be excellent institutions that I would be proud to send my own children to.
 
I am looking forward to Birchfield Community School joining the PACT family in the near future. The pupils, staff and parents of Birchfield have extended a very warm welcome to my PACT colleagues and myself and we are all excited about working together to improve the school.
 
I lead a highly committed and talented group of people who go above and beyond on a daily basis in order to ensure that our pupils get the most out of their primary school education. We value highly and invest heavily in staff development in order that we have the very best people working with our children.
 
For many of our pupils, as it was for me, growing up in inner city Birmingham, this is their one chance to secure a future for themselves and their families. The gravity of our responsibility must never be underestimated.