Monday 23 October 2017

Measles vaccination blitz in schools after outbreak

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

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."

Irish Independent

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