Measles in Dublin and Meath areas

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There have been confirmed cases of measles notified in the Dublin and Meath areas. An Outbreak Control Team has been convened to investigate and control the spread of this potentially serious illness. An alert has been sent to all Emergency Departments and General Practitioners (GPs) in the affected areas. All people identified as contacts of the measles cases are being notified and advised of the risk by Public Health.

The best protection against measles is to be fully vaccinated with 2 doses of the MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) vaccine.

If you have symptoms suggestive of measles you should stay at home, not go to school or work and phone your GP and explain that you may have measles. People who have not been fully vaccinated with MMR vaccine or have not had measles in the past are at high risk of getting measles if exposed. Those most at risk of catching measles are those who are not fully vaccinated with 2 doses of MMR vaccine such as babies younger than 12 months who are too young to be vaccinated, and those with weakened immune systems.

Further information 
HSE Press Release: Measles in Dublin and Meath areas: update 27/10/17  
HPSC website: Measles factsheets