Measles in Ireland and UK - update 25th June 2012


So far this year 101 measles cases have been reported from around the country. Sixty-four cases are linked to the measles outbreak in West Cork. In this outbreak, which initially affected mainly unvaccinated teenagers, there is some evidence of spread to children in younger age groups. Four children have been hospitalised as a result of measles infection. Recently reported measles cases from other parts of the country are under investigation.

A large measles outbreak has been reported in the Liverpool/Merseyside region of the UK, with over 300 cases reported. The recent press release is located here

Reminder to parents
All parents are reminded to ensure that their children (if 12 months of age or older) are up to date with MMR vaccination. The first MMR dose is routinely given at 12 months and the second dose at 4-5 years of age. If your child or teenager has missed either dose please contact your GP.

Older individuals who are unsure of their immunisation status should speak with their GP about getting MMR vaccine if needed.