The MMR vaccine is given at twelve months of age and again when your child is in junior infants at school. It is 95% effective at protecting against Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Measles is a highly infections disease which is spread easily and there is a current out break in Ireland so the HSE are recommending that anyone with young children who does not have their vaccines up to date contact their healthcare provider to arrange vaccination as soon as possible.
I would like to highlight that there is no link between the MMR and autism. The MMR has been protecting children from these diseases since 1988. Extensive research has been undertaken on the area.
According the the HSE parents should:
“Make sure you or your children are up to date with your MMR vaccines.
Please go to your GP for MMR vaccination if:
- you have not had 2 doses of MMR vaccine
- you have a preschool or primary school child who never had MMR vaccine
- you have a primary school child who missed out on the 2nd dose
- you are not sure if your child has had 2 doses of MMR vaccine”
Some people diagnosed with measles attended GP surgeries and paediatric hospitals in Dublin and Meath from the 19th October 2017 and thus there is an increased likelihood that more cases will occur as these people would have been infectious. You can be infectious for four days before the measles symptoms appear and they can be tricky to diagnose so it is obvious how this disease can be so infectious within a community.
The HPSC have advised that patients who show symptoms suggestive of measles should stay at home, not go to school or work and phone your GP and explain that you may have measles. Those most at risk of catching measles are those who are not fully vaccinated with 2 doses of MMR vaccine such as babies younger than 12 months who are too young to be vaccinated, and those with weakened immune systems.
To learn more all about the symptoms of measles and how to treat it read my full measles blog by clicking here!
I hope you have found this article helpful and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending a private message to the WonderBaba facebook page (www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) or by calling me (Sheena) at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262. I’m always happy to help!