CLACKS parents are being urged to ensure their child's MMR vaccinations are up to date.

Cases of measles are on the rise in Europe and other parts of the UK and NHS Scotland is reminding parents and carers to check that their child has had two doses of the vaccine.

Measles is one of the most infectious diseases. It can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening complications in some people. These include infections of the lungs (pneumonia) and brain (encephalitis).

The disease is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes but it can be prevented by getting vaccinated.

NHS Scotland offers 2 doses of the measles , mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to children at around 12 to 13 months, and three years four months.

If it’s missed at these times, it can be given at any age.