The HSE is currently investigating six cases of measles in the North East and East of the Country. Five cases have been confirmed and one is probable. If you think you or your child might have measles?
1. For your child – keep your child at home if you think that he/she might have measles.
For parents and guardians- do not go to work and stay at home.
2. Telephone your GP so that he/she can see your child/you at a time/place when no one else is there (to avoid infecting others).
3. When you visit your GP, he/she will also organise a test to confirm the diagnosis – this is usually done by using a small swab that takes a sample of the oral fluid from the child.
4. Call the Department of Public Health to let us know that you think your child/you has/ have measles. Tel.: (01) 635 2145 or (01) 6352151.
For children: Parents and guardians should check that their children MMR vaccination. Children aged 5 years and over should have received two MMR vaccines. The first MMR is given at 12 months.
For adults: If you have not had measles infection in the past or have not been fully vaccinated against measles, please contact your doctor to discuss getting the MMR vaccine. 2
Measles is a very infectious virus disease. It is transmitted from person to person though the air. The early signs of measles include irritability, a runny nose, red eyes, a hacking cough and a high fever that comes and goes.
The rash usually starts from four days after these early symptoms. The rash starts on the forehead and spreads downwards, over the face, neck and body. The rash usually consists of flat red or brown blotches. It lasts up to seven days.
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