Thursday 8 December 2016

Measles cases still a spot of bother

Published 02/08/2016 | 02:30

The risk of measles is still high
The risk of measles is still high

Around 34 confirmed measles cases were notified here this year so far by the end of July. Another nine possible cases are under investigation.

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High levels of awareness about the measles outbreak are now resulting in possible cases being reported regularly.

Many of these, upon investigation, turn out not to be measles.

However, the risk of measles is still high due to possible unrecognised/unreported measles cases in the community and importation from other countries where measles cases are reported, said the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

The best way to prevent measles is by vaccination against the disease. This is available as part of the combined Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Children and young adults who are not age appropriately vaccinated with MMR vaccine are being advised to get the vaccine from their GP.

MMR vaccine is administered free of charge to all children as part of the routine set of childhood jabs.

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