Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Measles Alert from Public Health England

Please find below information from Public Health England on Measles in England.

 

Dear Parent or Carer,

Re: Protecting your child against measles

You may be aware that there has been an increase in the number of measles cases in England with some local outbreaks. This letter is to advise you how to protect your child / children and others. Although there has not been to date a measles outbreak in Bristol, we strongly recommend that all children who are unvaccinated receive the MMR vaccine to protect them.

Measles can cause very serious illness

Measles usually causes a runny nose, red eyes, cough, high temperature and rash. It can also cause complications including ear infections, diarrhoea, pneumonia and convulsions. It is more likely to be serious in pregnant women, people whose immunity is not working properly and babies under a year of age. Very serious complications, such as inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) are rare, but can be fatal.

Measles spreads very easily

Measles is one of the most infectious diseases known. You can catch measles if you spend 15 minutes with someone who has the disease. The measles virus is spread through the air and in tiny droplets that come out of the nose and mouth of an infected person.

MMR vaccine provides safe and effective protection against measles, mumps and rubella

MMR vaccine has been shown across the world to be a safe and effective way of preventing measles. It can protect your child and others against measles infection and its serious consequences.

What you should do now

We strongly recommend that if you know your child /ward has not had the MMR vaccine that you please arrange for them to have the first dose of MMR vaccine now and the second dose one month later. Two doses of MMR vaccine offer the best way to protect children against measles, mumps and rubella. If you do not know whether your child / ward has been vaccinated with both does of MMR vaccine, then please contact your GP surgery to check their vaccination status. To make an appointment for your child / ward to have the vaccine or to answer any queries please contact your GP surgery. There is more information on measles on the NHS Choices website.

We do hope you will take this opportunity to ensure your children are fully protected. Yours Sincerely

Screening and Immunisation Lead
Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, South Gloucester Area Team 

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