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Wirral measles outbreak prompts Summer MMR call

Measles outbreak in Wirral

 

  • Cases of measles in Wirral continue to rise
  • Unimmunised children and young adults are at risk, particularly if travelling to parts of Europe where there are large ongoing measles outbreaks, or to other countries where measles vaccination coverage is low and measles is endemic
  • Teenagers and young adults should also be fully vaccinated before travelling and attending festivals and other summer events

 

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications. These complications include infections of the lungs (pneumonia) and brain (encephalitis).

 

What are the symptoms of measles?

Symptoms include: high fever; sore, red, watery eyes; coughing; aching and feeling generally unwell; a blotchy red brown rash, which usually appears 3-5 days after the initial symptoms, so anyone with symptoms is also being advised to stay at home and phone their GP or NHS  111 for advice, rather than visiting the surgery or A&E, to prevent the illness spreading further.

 

It’s possible for anyone at any age to get measles and the illness can be more severe in teenagers and adults than in young children.

 

It’s never too late to have the MMR vaccine. Protect your children, yourself and those around you from measles, mumps and rubella. You need two doses of MMR one month apart to be fully protected against measles, mumps and rubella.

 

How do I know If my child has received two doses of the MMR vaccination?

To check if your child has received two MMR vaccinations check with your GP surgery or if you have children younger than 11 years old you can also check their Red Book.

 

Where can I get my child immunised?

If your child is aged 11-19 and hasn’t had their MMR vaccine, don’t worry! We’re running free MMR vaccine drop-in clinics:

 

• Tuesday 24 July, 4.00pm - 7.00pm: First floor, Wing A (main building), Victoria Central Health Centre, Mill Lane, Wallasey CH44 5UF

 

• Thursday 26 July, 4.00pm - 7.00pm: First floor, Wing A (main building), Victoria Central Health Centre, Mill Lane, Wallasey CH44 5UF

 

GP surgeries are also offering the MMR vaccinations for children and young people of ALL AGES.

 

For more information call the 0-19 Health and Wellbeing Team on 0151 514 0219.

 

Last Updated: Friday, 20 July 2018 10:43

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