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'More important than ever to get vaccinated' after measles outbreak in Europe that has already claimed 25 lives
21 Jun 2018
The Health Service Executive (HSE) has issued a warning about making sure your family's measles vaccinations are up to date before holidaying following 25 deaths throughout Europe since the start of the year and thousands of infections reported including in Ireland. A HSE spokesperson said: "There have been 25 deaths from measles in France, Romania, Greece and Italy since January of this year, 2018, which is heart-breaking for their families. "This is due to an ongoing outbreak of measles throughout Europe including the United Kingdom. There have been thousands of cases reported. Here in Ireland we have also seen an increase in the number of people infected with measles in 2018. "The HSE advise that it more important than ever for people to get vaccinated with two doses of a measles-containing vaccine to protect themselves and their families before the holiday season because of this on-going measles outbreak. "It is important to remember that young children are not the only ones at risk from measles. Older children and young adults who have not been fully vaccinated with two doses of MMR are also at risk and many of the cases in Europe have been in teenagers who were not fully vaccinated. "Measles remains a very serious disease and Measles related deaths and hospitalisations due to complications of measles are occurring today, even in developed European countries. "The MMR vaccine is very safe and protective against Measles, Mumps and Rubella. The MMR is available from your GP and is usually given at 12 months of age and a booster dose is given aged 4-5 years before starting primary school. It is never too late to catch up. Anyone with queries should contact their GP or Practice Nurse who can advise them further. "The National Immunisation Office website,
www.immunisation.ie has clear information for the public. Further information on the measles infection and the outbreak across Europe is available at the websites
www.ecdc.europa.eu "You cannot protect your family and loved ones against everything but you can help protect them against Measles. Vaccination also helps to protect those people in our communities who may be vulnerable or have reduced defences to diseases. "A decision by you to vaccinate is a positive decision to help protect yourself, your family and your community."
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