More community clinics where Kent and Medway under-19s can catch up on their Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccines ahead of the summer holidays have been announced.

The clinics run by Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust’s (KCHFT) School-aged Immunisation Service are part of continuing efforts by local health leaders to drive up vaccine rates, particularly for MMR because of the national rise in measles.

With cases confirmed in every region of England, including the South East, concerns remain the highly infectious disease will keep on spreading unless more people are protected.

Measles causes fever and rash and can lead to serious illness such as pneumonia, meningitis, blindness and seizures. In rare cases it can be fatal – but it is 99% preventable through two doses of the MMR vaccine. Children are routinely offered the first dose of MMR at one year and the second dose at three years and four months for life-long protection. If you are unsure if your child is up to date with their MMR vaccines, you can check their Red Book health record; and if you are still not sure, you can contact your GP practice, who can also offer MMR catch-up appointments.

To arrange an appointment at any of the KCHFT community clinics, Kent and Medway parents and carers should call the School-aged Immunisation Service on 0300 123 5205 or email via – or book using the service’s webchat. The latest dates are listed below and also published on the KCHFT website. 

Read why Kent and Medway’s health leaders want you to get protected against measles.  

Summer holiday all booked? Follow UK Health Security Agency advice. Ensure you and your family are up to date with all routine NHS vaccinations before travelling overseas – as well as having any necessary additional vaccines for the countries and regions you are visiting.

Visit the Kent and Medway Integrated Care System vaccination webpage Get Vaccinated Now for more information and advice.

Latest KCHFT Vaccine Clinic dates

27th April

  1. Sevenoaks Hospital, Sevenoaks
  2. Gravesham Community Hospital, Gravesend
  3. College Road Clinic, Margate
  4. Dover Big Local Community Hub, Dover
  5. Tonbridge Cottage Hospital, Tonbridge
  6. Clover Street Clinic, Chatham

11th May

  1. The Heathside Centre, Maidstone
  2. Gravesham Community Hospital, Gravesend
  3. Exchange House, Canterbury
  4. Sheppey Hospital, Sheerness
  5. Hawkinge Community Hall, Hawkinge

18th May

  1. Sevenoaks Hospital, Sevenoaks
  2. 9th Scout Hall, Dartford
  3. College Road Clinic, Margate
  4. Tonbridge Cottage Hospital, Tonbridge
  5. Clover Street Clinic, Chatham
  6. Kennington Scout Hall, Ashford

28th May

  1. Deal Community Clinic, Deal
  2. The City Praise Centre, Gravesend

29th May

  1. Greenbanks, Margate
  2. 9th Scout Hall, Dartford

30th May

  1. Folkestone Early Years Centre, Folkestone
  2. Exchange House, Canterbury

31th May

  1. Greenfields Children’s Centre, Maidstone
  2. Tesco Crooksfoot, Ashford

8th June

  1. St Bartholomew’s Church Hall, Herne Bay
  2. St Mary’s Parish Hall, Dover
  3. The Heathside Centre, Maidstone
  4. Sheppey Hospital, Sheerness

22nd June

  1. College Road Clinic, Margate
  2. Sevenoaks Hospital, Sevenoaks
  3. Clover Street Clinic, Chatham

By Ed

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