Public Health England have issued advice to the public as a result of a measles outbreaks in 3 areas of England.
As of 29 November 2017, there were 16 confirmed cases in Leeds, 11 confirmed cases in Liverpool and 9 confirmed cases in Birmingham. All of these cases have been reported in children and adults who have not received 2 doses of the MMR vaccine.
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and can sometimes lead to serious complications.
Children and young people who have not received 2 doses of MMR vaccine are at risk. Unvaccinated people travelling to Romania and Italy, where there are currently large outbreaks of measles, are at particularly high risk.
Anyone planning to travel to Europe over the Christmas period should check NaTHNaC travel health advice.
The MMR vaccine is available to all adults and children who are not up to date with their 2 doses. Anyone who is not sure if they are fully vaccinated should check with their GP practice.
School leavers are putting themselves at risk of deadly meningitis if they don’t have the vaccine, reports BBC News.
The Royal College of Nursing has reported that only a third of people eligible for the MenACWY vaccine took up the offer last year.
The MenACWY vaccine protects against four strains of meningococcal disease which cause meningitis and septicaemia – strains A, C, W and Y. Men W is the most aggressive and life-threatening form and can be fatal and officials say there has been a rapid increase in MenW cases across England, from 22 cases in 2009-10 to 210 cases in 2015-16.
If you were born between 1 September 1998 and 31 August 1999 and are leaving school or college, make sure you get your MenACWY vaccine. Meningitis can cause different symptoms in different people, including:
Young people who have not yet had the MenACWY vaccine remain eligible up to their 25th birthday.
Meningitis is a life-threatening medical emergency and requires immediate medical attention if suspected. Getting this vaccine and knowing the signs to look out for could save your life!
The vaccine is available free from your local GP Surgery and is a simple one-off vaccine that takes a couple of minutes and has no major side effects. Book in with your Surgery now!