Due to low take up of the MMR vaccine, many teenagers and young adults are now at risk of measles. With outbreaks on the rise in the UK and abroad, it is important to ensure you are protected. If you have not been immunised, it is vital to book an appointment for an MMR dose, especially before you travel.
The symptoms of measles
Measles can spread extremely fast, travelling through the air. Symptoms include:
- Runny nose
- Swollen eyes
- Aches and pains
Be well informed
All travellers should ensure they are fully protected against measles, either through a known history of past infection or with a record of two doses of a measles containing vaccine.
It is important to research your destination as measles are still endemic in many countries/regions around the world including Europe. Large outbreaks continue to be reported.in Africa and Asia.
The UK recently achieved WHO measles elimination status, however measles remains a threat to the UK population. There are ongoing measles outbreaks in England linked to importations from Europe.
There are young people and adults aged 15 and over who missed out on the MMR vaccine when they were younger, which treated combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine in 1998. Some under-vaccinated communities have been particularly affected.
When to act
If you have been within proximity of someone who already contains the symptoms of the illness, but you are yet to have the vaccination, it is strongly advised you visit a doctor.
The Medical can provide private GP appointments, MMR vaccinations and also specialist travel consultations.