Measles outbreak investigation update
As of 15/08/2016, 38 confirmed measles cases have been notified to HPSC since May 2016 and 8 cases are under investigation. Most of the confirmed cases were linked to the outbreak that followed measles importation in April of this year. Another confirmed case was imported from a European case in July this year (Galway).
Last week (12/8/2016) a confirmed measles case was notified to the Department of Public Health in Cork. This individual was in the north Cork area (Mitchelstown) and also in Clonmel while infectious. HSE Press office has released more information on this.
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.