PHE urges public and healthcare staff to check MMR vaccine status following measles outbreaks

  • Public Health England
  • Public Health England
  • 31 Jul 2018

  • from Priscilla Lynch
  • Medical News
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Public Health England (PHE) is advising the public and healthcare workers to ensure they have had two doses of MMR vaccine after outbreaks of measles were confirmed across England.

Between 1 January 2018 and 6 August 2018 there have been 807 laboratory confirmed measles cases in England. Cases were reported in most areas with London (281), the South-East (166), South-West (139), West Midlands (84) and Yorkshire and Humberside (75) reporting the most cases (based on provisional figures).

PHE local health protection teams are working closely with the NHS and local authorities to raise awareness with health professionals and local communities.

There continue to be multiple exposures in healthcare settings that have led to measles cases in healthcare workers with the associated risk of transmission to vulnerable contacts.

In light of the ongoing measles outbreak in England, GP employers are reminded of their responsibility to ensure that all their staff are up to date with their MMR and other vaccines. Everyone who has direct contact with patients, including reception staff, should be up to date with their routine immunisations, said PHE.

Young people in environments with close mixing such as festivals are also more at risk, as well as unvaccinated people travelling to Romania and Italy, where there are currently large outbreaks, PHE added.