Measles vaccination blitz in schools after outbreak
Published 08/09/2011 | 05:00
A measles vaccination "blitz" has got under way in schools around Dublin's north inner city after a surge in the spread of the disease among local children.
Health Service Executive (HSE) public health staff are offering the MMR vaccine to pupils in a number of primary schools. There have been 135 reported cases of measles in Ireland since the start of the year -- with over 70pc of them diagnosed in the north inner city.
Several countries in Europe have also seen a surge in measles this year and holiday travel during the summer months saw a rise in the spread here.
The MMR vaccine is the only protection from measles available from the HSE. Dr Margaret Fitzgerald, HSE director of public health, said: "We have seen a rapid increase in the number of measles cases recently, most of them centred in north Dublin city."