Spot of trou­ble Par­ents urged to get kids vac­ci­nated

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY DAVID RALEIGH

PAR­ENTS have been urged to have their chil­dren vac­ci­nated af­ter an out­break of measles.

The HSE con­firmed it is aware of 12 cases in Lim­er­ick since the start of last month.

A spokesman said of­fi­cial im­mu­ni­sa­tion sta­tis­tics for the first dose of MMR (rec­om­mended at 12 months of age) “show that up­take in the city and county has been con­sis­tently just be­low the 95% tar­get”.

“The best pro­tec­tion against measles is to be fully vac­ci­nated with two doses of the MMR [measles-mumps-rubella] vac­cine.

“All chil­dren should get MMR at 12 months of age and the sec­ond dose at four to five years.

“If your child missed their MMR vac­cine you should con­tact your GP.”

But of­fi­cials warned there is likely to be fur­ther un­di­ag­nosed in­fec­tions in the area and a num­ber of sus­pect cases are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

A thir­teenth re­port­edly in­volved a child who con­tracted the dis­ease in a Lim­er­ick hos­pi­tal be­fore be­ing ad­mit­ted to Tem­ple Street Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, Dublin, this month.

It’s be­lieved the ini­tial case was con­tracted by a pa­tient who vis­ited the Mid­dle East over the Christ­mas pe­riod.

In a state­ment the HSE said: “There are now 12 in­fec­tions con­firmed in Lim­er­ick this year and a linked case con­firmed in Dublin.

“Most cases are as­so­ci­ated with the Bal­li­nacurra We­ston and Carew Park (Southill) area of the city.

“One has no ob­vi­ous links with any other in­fec­tion so it is likely there are fur­ther un­di­ag­nosed cases.”

The HSE ad­vised par­ents in Lim­er­ick city and county, Clare, and North Tip­per­ary “should en­sure their child is fully vac­ci­nated for MMR and bring their child for vac­ci­na­tion if they have missed or not al­ready had the cor­rect num­ber of doses for their age”.

A free MMR clinic on will op­er­ate from noon to 3pm, at Bar­rack View Pri­mary Care Cen­tre, Ed­ward Street, Lim­er­ick, on Fe­bru­ary 21.


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