HSE urges fans to get vaccinated before trip
HEALTH chiefs yesterday warned Irish fans to get vaccinated against a life-threatening virus before travelling to Euro 2012.
Experts say a measles epidemic is sweeping across the west of Ukraine, close to the border with Poland, with more than 5,000 cases reported so far this year -- including 162 over the past 24 hours.
And with the epidemic expected to accelerate in the run-up to the competition's kick-off in June, HSE bosses yesterday warned supporters to get immunised so as to protect themselves from the potentially lethal disease.
"Measles is one of the most infectious diseases known to man and adults can die from it if they haven't had the vaccine. Twelve years ago there was a serious measles outbreak in Ireland when three children died," said Dr Brenda Corcoran, head of the HSE's National Immunisation Office.
She added: "It spreads like coughs and sneezes. It starts with a rash, usually around your head first and then it spreads all over the body. At best you will get a fever."
People can receive the vaccine from their local GP, but may be charged an administration fee.