Think Measles

30th April 2018


There has been an increase in measles in surrounding areas, as this is Immunisation week we would like to highlight this to all parents.

 

“Measles is highly infectious – a cough or a sneeze can spread the measles virus over a wide area. If you come into contact with it and are not protected, the chances are that you will be infected. Measles can be very serious and more severe in adults causing complications such as ear and chest infections, fits, diarrhoea, encephalitis (infection of the brain), and brain damage. Measles, mumps and rubella  can also cause complications in pregnancy that can lead to miscarriage.  About one in 5000 individuals with measles is likely to die.”

 

To be protected from measles and other infections including mumps and rubella, you need to be immunised with 2 doses of MMR vaccine. If you haven’t had 2 doses of MMR, it’s not too late. Speak to your GP today or visit www.nhs.uk/measles