Measles Vaccine – make sure your kids are ok

The HSE begin an MMR vaccination blitz in primary schools in north
inner city Dublin

The HSE today, (Wednesday 7th September) are beginning an MMR
vaccination blitz in primary schools in north inner city Dublin in
response to a rapid rise in the number of cases of measles in the area
over the summer.

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald, HSE Director of Public Health, explained that
‘we have seen a rapid increase in numbers of measles cases recently,
most of them centred in north Dublin city. Measles is a serious
illness, and the MMR vaccine is the only protection against it. In the
year 2000, a serious outbreak in Dublin saw cases rise as high as
1600, and claimed the lives of 3 young children.’

Vaccination clinics are taking place in the following schools this
week Wednesday 7th – Friday 9th September. Further vaccination clinics
will take place in primary schools in the area next week.

Wednesday 7th September
Central Model Marlborough Street, Dublin 1
St. Vincent’s School, Nth William Street

Thursday 8th September
St. Laurence O’ Toole School Seville Place
Gardiner Street School

Friday 9th September
Holy Spirit School, Sillogue Road, Ballymun

As normal routine kicks in, children are going back to crèche,
preschool and primary school. This is a time when more children are
mixing together and so the risk of spreading measles is increased.
Make sure that your children are protected against infectious diseases
by ensuring they are up to date with their vaccines.

Recommendation

If your child is starting school (aged 4 or 5 years) and has never
had an MMR vaccine, they need to get it now. They should get it from
their GP. MMR vaccine is free.
Children who have had one dose of MMR, will get their second dose
of MMR vaccine either at school or from their GP (depending on how the
vaccination programme is run in your area).
Any child between 6-12 years of age should already have had two
doses of MMR vaccine. If they have not they need it now. Go to your GP
for the vaccine. If your child has only had one dose, they
should go for their second dose to GP. MMR vaccine is free

For more information see www.immunisation.ie or www.hpsc.ie