Measles outbreak investigation update

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As of 22/07/2016, 34 confirmed measles cases have been notified to HPSC. Another 9 possible cases are under investigation.

High levels of awareness about the measles outbreak are resulting in possible cases being reported regularly. Many of these, upon investigation turn out to be not 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. See the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Surveillance Atlas of Infectious Diseases for data relating to measles in Europe.

Preventing measles
The best way to prevent measles is by vaccination against the disease with a measles vaccine. 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 recommended to get the vaccine from their GP. MMR vaccine is administered free of charge to all children as part of the routine immunisation programme. In areas where the outbreak is occurring additional measures are in place to ensure that all individuals in need of MMR are able to obtain it free of charge.

All individuals travelling to Europe and other regions where measles continues to occur should ensure that they are vaccinated with MMR if needed. Speak with your GP if you are unsure about your vaccination status and if you should get the MMR.

All children and young people going to language colleges or other summer activities should be up to date with MMR vaccine.