Around 4,000 primary school-aged children in Worcestershire haven’t had their MMR and could be at risk of getting measles.

But Worcestershire does have one of the highest MMR vaccine uptake rates in the West Midlands.

More than 90 percent of children in the county have had two doses of the vaccine by the time they are five years old, according to a report going before the county council’s health overview and scrutiny committee next week.

The report says there has been a resurgence in measles cases across England since December, with 160 confirmed cases in the West Midlands - although only one of these was in Worcestershire.

Most of the cases were in Birmingham and the majority of people affected were unvaccinated against measles.

In February, Hereford and Worcester Integrated Care System (HWICS - formerly known as a clinical commissioning group or CCG) held MMR vaccine pop-up clinics in Evesham, Malvern, Worcester, Kidderminster, Redditch and Wythall.

Vaccines were given to 144 people and others attended for medical advice and to get their MMR status checked.

MMR vaccination clinics have also been held at HMP Hewell, so all prisoners have now been vaccinated unless they chose to decline.

“Routine and opportunistic MMR vaccinations are being delivered by General Practice through the NHS England call and recall programme.

“Additional support is being wrapped around those GP practices with the lowest MMR uptake to develop and mobilise plans to improve uptake rates.

“As a result, the HWICS is seeing MMR doses increase on a weekly basis.

“Worcestershire has a specialist infectious disease team who can respond quickly in the event of an outbreak and carry out appropriate testing and swabbing in partnership with the UK Health Security Agency.”

The HWICS said it is planning to deliver further MMR pop-up clinics for gypsy, Roma and traveller communities, and a “targeted MMR offer” for the Muslim community in Worcester.

Anyone wishing to book an MMR vaccine for themselves or a child should speak to their GP.