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MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

Measles cases are rapidly rising across the West Midlands.

Possible complications of measles include blindness, pneumonia, meningitis, and seizures.

Anyone who has not received 2 doses of MMR vaccine could be at risk from the potentially serious complications of measles infection if they are a contact of someone with measles. This includes staff working with children and young people. Pregnant staff who are unvaccinated would be especially vulnerable to the serious effects of measles infection.

 In addition, because measles is incredibly infectious, settings could be advised to exclude any contacts of measles cases (who aren’t protected with MMR) for 21 days, including staff, close friends and siblings. This could have potential implications on safe staffing, could mean children missing 3 weeks of nursery, and parents having to take time off work to care for them.

Therefore, can we urge you to encourage MMR vaccination amongst staff and children who attend your setting as much as possible.

The MMR vaccine is safe and gives effective protection against measles infection. It is routinely offered to children by the NHS at age 1 year (1st dose), and 3 years 4 months (2nd dose). For those who are concerned for religious reasons about the vaccine, there is a non-porcine gelatine version of the MMR is available for anyone who would prefer this.

 If children and adults have missed these vaccinations in the past, it’s important to take up the vaccine now. Their GP surgery can advise people if they’re unsure of their own or their children’s vaccination status. It’s never too late to get vaccinated against measles. If 2 doses of MMR vaccine are needed, then they can be given with one month between doses. Protection against measles starts to develop around 2 weeks after having the MMR vaccine.


Norovirus causes diarrhoea and vomiting and is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK. It's also called the 'winter vomiting bug' as it's more common in winter, although you can catch it at any time of the year.

Norovirus is easily spread from one person to another and can be very unpleasant, but usually clears up by itself in a few days.

It is best to treat yourself and/or your child at home while the virus runs its course.

Practicing good hand hygiene is important - washing your hands frequently with soap and water is the best way to stop it spreading. Alcohol hand gels do not kill norovirus.

Avoid going to your GP, as norovirus can spread to others very easily. Phone your GP practice or contact NHS 111 if you're concerned about severe symptoms or need advice.

Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from illnesses such as food poisoning and flu. But what's the best handwashing technique? Please use and share the video below:

Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from illnesses such as food poisoning and flu. But what's the best handwashing technique? Please use and share the video below:



This winter you can protect your child and others from flu by making sure they get their flu vaccine.

The nasal spray vaccine is free for children aged 2-3 years, those in primary and in secondary schools up to year 11. The vaccine is also free for children and young people who have a medical condition from the age of six months.

Flu can be a very nasty illness in children, causing a range of symptoms including fever, dry cough, sore throat, aching joints, and extreme tiredness. The virus also spreads easily and children can pass it on to others.

The flu vaccination for children is needle-free for those aged 2-17 years. The nasal spray is given as a single squirt up each nostril; it’s quick, painless and more effective in children than an injectable vaccine.

You should have received a letter of text message invite. If you haven't, contact your GP to make an appointment.

Pink Performing Arts

Pink Productions are holding *AUDITIONS*for the stars of 2024.
We are looking for performers, dancers and singers to perform in MOVIECALS.
Performers required aged 4years to Adults
Now in our 20th year!
Featuring 5 movie musicals
Friday evening rehearsals
🪩Show is June 2024
Auditions are being held
FRIDAY 9th FEBRUARY @ Holy Trinity Church, Farrington Road. Wolverhampton. WV46QH
Online FREE registration required for auditions ( a link will be sent when you show interest)
For more information please contact 07763847811 or or send us a message

Happier Minds

Happier Minds can help you find the mental wellbeing information you need. It also provides information on how to get help urgently for people in crisis.

The website has 3 sections – for young people, parent carers and school-based professionals, all sections contain useful support and information.

The young people section for those aged 11yrs and over (secondary school and college), has video resources and useful contacts.

For parent/carers, there is information to help them to support your child and also resources to support their own mental wellbeing.

The professional section of the website has been designed for those working with young people in schools/colleges and provides useful information and resources.

Health & Wellbeing Update

KOOTH - Counselling, Advice and Support Service

Dear Parents / Carers,

Commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups and the local authorities, is an online counselling, advice and support service for young people aged 10-18years within the local area. It provides a safe, secure means of accessing help via the internet from a professional team of counsellors. Whilst your child may not need or use the service, as part of supporting our students, we are ensuring all children and young people are aware of provisions in the area that could assist them, now or in the future.

Our qualified counsellors are online 365 days a year. Monday to Friday, from 12noon - 10pm and between 6pm - 10pm on weekends. Kooth has no waiting list or referral process. Children and young people can access support for ANY issue they may be experiencing. To access, young people simply register at

As well as chatting to our counsellors through a text-based service, young people can message the team 24 hours a day, access our fully-moderated support forums and discussion board, online magazine, self-care activities and other self-help tools.

Kooth’s Engagement Leads will be spending time delivering information sessions to pupils and staff in schools across Shropshire to explain about the features on our platform and the sign-up process too.

If you would like to ask any questions to a Kooth representative directly, please use the following email-

Thank you.

Cost of Living Support Hubs

We are delighted to announce that Citizens Advice Dudley and Wolverhampton, in conjunction with Dudley Empowerment Partnership, supported by DMBC Public Health and the NHS Black Country ICB, are opening 4 Cost of Living Support Hubs starting 30th January which will be running for the next 12 months.

The decision to set up these cost of living support hubs was made in response to feedback from members of the public, who told us they are struggling to meet the rising basic day to day living costs including the ongoing climb in energy prices. As you will be more than aware, across the country, organisations and charities are struggling to meet demand and national data projects many more people will be affected in 2023.

 “Britain is facing its biggest cost-of-living crisis in decades. As the largest provider of free advice across the UK, Citizens Advice is helping more people with crisis support, energy problems and not having enough money to make ends meet than ever before. We're helping as many people as possible." with crisis support, such as referrals to food banks and emergency charitable support.National Citizen Advice

The demand for our services within Citizens Advice Dudley and Wolverhampton is unprecedented and so we are hoping that our crisis hubs will give that much needed immediate, emergency relief so many people are telling us they need. Dudley’s Cost of Living Support Hubs are here to alleviate some of the immediate struggles households face to afford food, pay bills and buy essentials.

The Hubs will provide support to any Dudley resident who needs help, offering immediate poverty relieving support and information on how to save money and make money stretch further, along with practical help relating to access to food, fuel, available grants and funds based on qualifying criteria. 

Our Hubs start opening across the Borough on the 30th January with a phased approach in the following venues and on the following days (opening hours to the public are 9.30-3.30pm):

  • Monday: Provision House, 80-81 High Street, Dudley DY1 1PY as of 30th January
  • Tuesday: Christ Church, The Vicarage High St, Stourbridge, DY9 8LF as of End of Feb
  • Wednesday: Halesowen Library, Hagley Mall Cornbow Centre, Halesowen B63 4AJ as of End of Feb
  • Thursday: Brierley Hill Methodist Church, 24 Bank Street, Brierley Hill DY5 3DA as of 30th January
  • Friday: Provision House, 80-81 High Street, Dudley DY1 1PY as of 30th January

For more information on our advice services and how we can help please visit our website:

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