There has been a significant rise in the numbers of people catching measles on Teesside in people of all ages.
We are working with Public Health across the Tees area on a number of proposals to address this increase and looking at numbers of children who have not had the MMR vaccine.
We have seen a number of cases which have resulted in admissions to hospital and we want to ensure that all members of staff are protected.
This protection will benefit you, your patients and of course your own families and friends.
Julia Waller, immunisation lead for the HPA in the North East said: “Measles is highly infectious and unvaccinated children and adults who haven’t had it before are at risk when it is circulating, as it is now in this region.
“There is no treatment for measles but it can be prevented by the MMR vaccine and two doses are required to ensure the best protection.
“If anyone is unsure about their immunisation status they should check with their GP.
“If you’ve missed out on MMR in the past it’s always possible to catch-up as the vaccine can be given at any age.”
To prevent spreading the illness, the HPA is advising people with symptoms of measles to:
- Stay away from school, nursery or work until at least four full days have elapsed after the development of a rash.
- Telephone your GP surgery or NHS walk-in centre to inform them you or your child has a rash illness before attending, so that arrangements can be made in advance for minimising contact with other vulnerable patients.
- Avoid going to A&E unless you are seriously ill, and if you do attend, telephone ahead to let them know you or your child may have measles.
- Avoid contact with pregnant women, people with weak immune systems and babies who are too young to be vaccinated, as they are more vulnerable to infection.