Measles Outbreak in Europe 2017
Added: 23/06/17 : 06:52:12
There is currently a Measles
outbreak across Europe with over 10,000 people diagnosed to date. Unfortunately
over 30 people (children, teenagers & adults) have died from this Measles
Countries reporting a dramatic
increase in cases in comparison to the same time in 2016 include: Romania,
Italy, the United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany,
Portugal, Poland, Spain, Slovenia and Sweden. The list of countries affected
is growing weekly as Measles is only a plane ride away. (See below link
to web address for European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control for
the latest reports)
Measles is a highly contagious
virus. It can cause a potentially serious illness to someone who is not
protected regardless of age with possible tragic consequences.
Measles illness is still common
in many parts of the world. It can spread to any country, including those
that have eliminated the disease.
information please go to: http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/healthtopics/measles/epidemiological_data/Pages/measles_surveillance_reports.aspx
- · The
best way to prevent measles regardless of age is to be vaccinated with
the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine (MMR).
- · Parents
should not delay getting the MMR for their child when it is due (12 months
and second dose at preschool age, 4-5 years of age).
- · Children
aged 6-11 months of age, travelling to other countries and regions where
measles outbreaks are reported, are recommended MMR 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 or adults who are not fully vaccinated/protected should speak
to their GP about getting the MMR vaccine - even if the planned holiday
is in Ireland!