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St.Andrew’s Medical Centre

Drs Cathy Bruce, Reshma Rajagopal, Diloni Allwin, 
Amy Rice, Az Heydari, John Riley

surgery open: Mon to Fri 08.30-18.00 
(emergencies only - telephone first:  Mon to Fri 08.00-18.30)

SAMC is closed on all Public holidays and when required by NHS West Kent CCG to hold mandatory SAMC training afternoons (from 13.00). 2019: Thursday 6th June; Tuesday 16th July Thursday 12th September; Tuesday 29th October; Wednesday 13th November

When we're closed, call our number to be directed to an emergency number, or call 111.

What's the problem?
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications.

Why is it so important?
It usually passes in about 7 to 10 days without causing further problems, but It can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening complications in some people including infections of the lungs (pneumonia) and brain (encephalitis).

Who is affected?  
Anyone can get measles if they haven't been vaccinated or haven't had it before, although it's most common in young children.

What should I do about it NOW? 
Measles can be prevented by having the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.This is given in 2 doses as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme. The first dose is given when your child is around 13 months old, and a second dose is given at 3 years and 4 months. Adults and older children can be vaccinated at any ageif they haven't been fully vaccinated before. Ask your GP about having the vaccination.




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