Make sure you’ve had your MMR vaccinations!

mmr-vaccine-big-picture There has been a confirmed case of measles in a student attending the University. Measles can easily be prevented by vaccination with two doses of MMR vaccine.

In the UK, both doses are given as part of the routine programme of immunisations in childhood. If you have not had two doses of MMR vaccine, or are unsure, please contact your GP to make sure you are fully immunised. If you are not already registered with a GP in the local area, please see this article for a list of surgeries.

Measles is a preventable viral infection that usually causes a fever, rash, cough and ‘flu like’ symptoms which may last about a week to ten days. Measles can be very serious and complications include pneumonia and ear infections. It is very infectious and can be spread from person to person by coughing and sneezing and can be passed on to others even before any significant symptoms are showing.

If you think you might have measles, please consult your GP for advice. It is important to let the surgery know in advance of the possible diagnosis, so that they can make arrangements to ensure that the disease is not spread to others. If measles is diagnosed, it is important to stay at home and minimise contact with other people for five days after the rash starts.

Further information on measles is available on the NHS Choices website.

 

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