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Measles cases are rising across the country, with over 102,000 children starting primary school in England being at risk of catching the disease. The DfE are asking education settings to share key messages from the NHS about MMR / measles and how to get vaccinated.

The Back to school MMR Guidance from the NHS includes information to share, as well as example social media posts which can be found here: NHS Vaccine Poster and NHS MMR Poster.

Measles is highly infectious and if left unvaccinated nine out of ten children in a classroom/setting can catch the disease if just one child is infectious. Please share these resources with colleagues, parents, and where suitable, community organisations to increase awareness and encourage parents to get their children vaccinated.

For children born between 01/09/2019 and 31/08/2020:

  • 11am on 1 November 2023 – Portal will open for applications

  • 11.59pm on 15 January 2024 – Portal will close

  • From 11am on 16 April 2024 – those who applied via the portal will be notified of their school offer

  • From 2pm on 16 April 2024 – parents will be able to access the portal to accept their school offer

For parents who did not apply online an email or letter will be sent to them on 17 April.

Please can we ask you to remind parent/carers to apply for their childs' school place:

Nursery letter

Childminder letter

Starting school 2024 leaflet

Parents will be receiving invites as the annual NHS influenza (flu) vaccination programme for children gets underway. To read more, please click here.

For information and promotional resources to support the 2023 to 2024 annual flu vaccination programme please click here and for information on who should have it this winter, please click here.

Please display and share these resources with families in your setting.

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