Measles outbreak in Dublin - update

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The Health Service Executive (HSE) has been notified of four further measles cases in Dublin, affecting two adults and two children. These cases are likely to have developed following contact with one of the two earlier cases of measles at hospitals in Dublin. 

The Public Health Department has sent an alert to all Emergency Departments and GPs in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow to inform them to be vigilant about measles.

Measles is highly infectious and can cause serious complications for young children and adults. Vaccination is the only way to prevent outbreaks occurring.

Parents of all children/teenagers and young adults are recommended to use this opportunity to ensure that their children are vaccinated with MMR. The first dose is usually given at 12 months of age and the second dose at 4-5 years of age.

HSE Press Release: Update on measles outbreak in Dublin (2/8/18)

Further information on measles can be found at http://www.hpsc.ie/hpsc/A-Z/VaccinePreventable/Measles/Factsheet/