A Pop-up MMR vaccination clinic is set to open in Redditch as the number of people getting measles in the West Midlands rises.

Worcestershire County Council says they want to make sure they support people to reduce their risk of getting the infection.

The council will be hosting a range of pop-up clinics throughout the month, including at Redditch Library from 9.30 am until 4 pm on Saturday, February 10.

The council says whilst they are aiming these at children, anyone who has missed their MMR vaccination can turn up to receive their jab.

They are being organised with local NHS colleagues. No appointment is necessary and there is no charge.

 Lisa McNally, Director of Public Health in Worcestershire, said: “We’re really pleased to be working alongside our NHS colleagues to make sure as many people as possible have the option to be vaccinated against measles.

"We’re really proud that our vaccination rates are so high in Worcestershire, one of the highest uptake rates in the West Midlands, with over 90% of children being vaccinated with two doses by the time they are 5 years old. To give the best protection to everyone, we need our MMR vaccination rates to be even higher.

"There are around 4,000 primary school-aged children in Worcestershire, who haven’t had their MMR vaccination, and could be at risk of getting this serious illness. It’s never too late to catch up.”

Dr Will Taylor, Chief Medical Officer for NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire said: “Measles is a highly contagious and potentially serious illness especially in young children who are more at risk from severe complications.

“The best way for us to keep measles at bay from our area is to ensure we reach the 95% vaccination rate – especially amongst children. “The pop-up clinics are open to everyone and I would encourage you to get vaccinated if you haven’t already.”