HSE Warns: Measles Threat from European Outbreak

MeaslesMeasles from Ireland can reach Europe thus, HSE warns people of the illness and urge them to get their kids fully vaccinated against the disease.

According to the reports of the doctors, one in every five children has been diagnosed with measles in Ireland this year. Also there are reports that the chances are higher that the affected children had visited Europe or had been in contact with someone, who had travelled here from the continent in the weeks before they fell ill.

Thus, the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre is urging parents to get their children fully vaccinated against measles following the large outbreak of the disease in Europe.

Regarding the situation, Public health specialist Dr. Suzanne Cotter has also confirmed about the 42 measles cases that have been reported in Ireland since January. The doctor further added that among the 42 cases, 8 cases were of the children aged one, who were too young to have been vaccinated.

Moreover, MMR shot guards against measles, mumps and rubella, which is generally administered to children around the age of one with a second dose around the age of five.

"Many cases are due to travel of infected people between countries. As there is more travel between Europe and Ireland over the summer, there is an increased risk to Irish children and teenagers who are not fully vaccinated against measles,” Dr. Cotter said.