Saturday 24 June 2017

Drop in measles thanks to vaccine

Vaccination - the rate of measels infection in children continues to fall.
Vaccination - the rate of measels infection in children continues to fall.

The number of children who are infected with measles continues to fall.

As a result of improved uptake of the MMR jab among young children, older children and teenagers, the numbers of measles notifications has decreased markedly in recent years, said the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

Ten measles cases were notified up to the end of November. This is a marked decline from the 403 measles cases reported in 2010.

Vaccination with a measles-containing vaccine, such as the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine, has been used in Ireland since 1988 to prevent infection.

Two doses are recommended, at 12 months and four to five years of age

Most recent MMR uptake data (first dose of MMR) for children at 24 months of age indicates that 93pc of children are getting the first dose .

The uptake of the HSE administered preschool MMR dose in 2014 was 92pc.

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