There is currently a measles outbreak in Greater Manchester .Measles is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus that can lead to serious complications such as liver infection (hepatitis), squints in the eyes, infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) or infection of the brain itself (encephalitis).
Complications of measles are more likely to develop in certain groups of people. These include:
- Babies younger than 1 year old
- Children with a poor diet
- Children with a weakened immune system (such as those with leukaemia) • Teenagers and adults
If you’re not immune to measles and become infected while you’re pregnant, there can be a risk to the baby
You can protect yourself and your family by having 2 doses of the MMR vaccine which is safe and effective. The MMR vaccine is not just for children, it can be given to adults too. More than one in three measles cases are hospitalised and the risk increases to more than 50% in adults over 25 years.
If you are unsure whether you/ they have had 2 MMR vaccinations, please contact your GP practice to check your vaccination history and they will be able to recommend MMR vaccination if needed.