Measles outbreak getting worse


THE MEASLES outbreak in Limerick continues to increase, with the number of confirmed cases of the infection now standing at 23.

The HSE is strongly urging adults under the age of 40 to get vaccinated, with a free vaccination offered and the HSE is paying both the cost of the vaccine and the GP fee.

Health bosses say they expect the 23 confirmed cases to rise again.

The majority of cases are in Limerick City and one is in Clare.

The HSE is providing free MMR vaccination clinics in Barrack View Primary Care Centre, Edward Street  on Thursdays March 22 and the 29. and April 5 and 12 from 3 to 4pm.

Adults aged under 40 are being asked to check if they have had two doses of MMR and if not, to arrange to get immunised. For those who do not have medical records a second immunisation is not dangerous, according to HSE advice. 

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Parents under the age of 40 who have never had measles or haven’t had the full course of MMR vaccine; those under 40 who work with the public; couples who may be planning a family and adults or young people under the age of 40 who plan to travel abroad in the coming months are being asked in particular to check if they had two doses of the jab.

Parents of children in the region should also check if their children have had the vaccines appropriate for their age. It’s especially important for those who are planning to bring their children abroad.

An Outbreak Control Team is involved in managing the outbreak in an effort to prevent further spread.

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