HSE urges parents to make sure children and young people are vaccinated against measles

The HSE is urging parents to make sure children and young people are up to date with their MMR vaccine due to a rise in cases in parts of the UK and Europe. The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps and rubella. We advise people to be vigilant and take necessary steps to prevent the spread of this highly contagious virus.

Measles can be unpleasant and is a potentially serious and highly infectious disease that can spread easily through respiratory droplets. To safeguard our communities, the HSE recommends that people make sure they are up to date with MMR vaccine to prevent spread of the disease if cases occur in Ireland.

Dr Lucy Jessop, Director of the National Immunisation Office, HSE said:

“Getting vaccinated against diseases like measles, mumps and rubella is vitally important as these conditions can also lead to other serious problems including meningitis, hearing loss and problems during pregnancy. Remember, if you or your child has missed their childhood vaccines, it’s not too late to catch up.”

What you do to protect your family and community against measles

1. Check Vaccination Status

2. Practice Good Hygiene
• Maintain proper hand hygiene by washing hands frequently with soap and water.
• Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth, to reduce the risk of infection.

3. Monitor for Symptoms
• Stay vigilant for symptoms of measles. These include:
− high fever
− cough
− runny nose
− characteristic red rash.

Further information about the MMR vaccination is available at www.immunisation.ie.

See the HSE website for more information about the signs and symptoms, treatment and risks of measles https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/measles.

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