Travelling abroad? Are you protected against measles?

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There are several ongoing measles outbreaks in Europe and worldwide. Thirteen deaths attributed to measles have already been reported in Europe in 2018.

Vaccination remains the most effective measure against infection. Children aged 6-11 months of age, travelling to other countries and regions where measles outbreaks are reported, are recommended MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine) vaccine. A dose given before 12 months of age does not replace the dose that would normally be given at 12 months of age.

Older children should be age appropriately vaccinated, with two doses of MMR received by the age of 6 years. Children who have missed their recommended doses should get the MMR vaccine from their GP.

For adults, you could be at risk of measles, particularly if you are less than 40 years of age, and never had measles or two doses of a measles vaccine.

For more information on European countries experiencing measles outbreak please see https://ecdc.europa.eu/sites/portal/files/documents/Measles-rapid-risk-assessment-European-Union-countries.pdf 

Also
https://ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/monthly-measles-and-rubella-monitoring-report-april-2018 

National Immunisation Guidelines - Measles
https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/hcpinfo/guidelines/chapter12.pdf