Measles in Surrey and Sussex
As you may be aware, there are an increasing number of measles cases and local outbreaks being reported across England.
Measles is one of the most infectious diseases known to man, and there is concern that there will be an increasing number of school outbreaks in September unless the children who missed the vaccination get immunised. Many people mistakenly assume that measles is a harmless childhood disease like chickenpox. This is not the case.
Immunisation expert, Dr Mary Ramsey, said: “Measles is not a mild illness – it is very unpleasant and can lead to serious complications as we have seen with more than 100 children in England being hospitalised so far this year”.
Complications of measles include:
- hearing loss, which may be partial or total
- learning difficulties, which may be temporary or permanent
- epilepsy – a condition that causes someone to have repeated fits
- cerebral palsy – a general term for a set of conditions that affect movement and co-ordination
- vision loss, which may be partial or total
MMR is highly effective for reducing the risk of measles!
The MMR vaccine should be given to all unvaccinated schoolchildren aged from 10 to 16 as part of a national catch-up campaign, the government has announced.
We will be writing to all families where we identify children in this age group who have not had yet had a full MMR course, but if you know this is the case please don’t wait for a letter, book an appointment now.
If you’re not sure if you or your child has been immunised, please contact us to check your vaccination history. Measles is very infectious, but easily preventable.
If you think you or your child has measles, please do not come to the surgery but contact us by phone to discuss the symptoms.