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Measles Awareness - HSE Information

Measles Awareness - HSE Information

Important Message from the HSE:

Dear Parent/Legal Guardian,

In recent months there has been a rise in cases of measles in parts of the UK and Europe. On 7th February the HSE reported the death of an adult with confirmed measles. This is the first confirmed measles case notified in Ireland in 2024.
We are asking parents/guardians to be measles aware and to make sure your children have received their recommended MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines.

Measles can be unpleasant and is a potentially serious and highly infectious disease.
The symptoms of measles include:
 high fever
 cough
 runny nose
 rash, which usually appears on head and neck first and spreads to rest of body.

Serious complications of measles include pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). One in five infected may need to go to hospital and it can be fatal. More information about measles symptoms is available at: or by searching ‘HSE measles’.
If your child has been diagnosed with confirmed measles by your GP or hospital please contact the school. Children in your daughter's class may need to be vaccinated if they are not fully vaccinated against measles.

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