Measles Infection in Lothian
Measles cases have been confirmed in Lothian over the past month in teenagers and young adults.
Please do not send your child to school if they have any symptoms suggestive of measles infection.
The symptoms of measles include fever, lethargy, runny nose, conjunctivitis, cough and a red, blotchy rash which starts at the head spreading over the chest and limbs. The rash generally fades within ten days.
If your child has developed symptoms suggestive of measles, you should keep your child at home and contact your General Practitioner for further advice by phone (or NHS24 if out of hours on tel. 111).
This is very important in order to avoid the spread of measles to other people.
People with measles are infectious from around five days before the rash appears until four days after the rash appears and should self isolate at home during this time.
The MMR vaccine is the safest and most effective way to protect your child against measles, mumps and rubella.
Measles, mumps and rubella are highly infectious diseases that can leave children suffering serious medical complications. However, the high uptake of the MMR vaccine in Scotland means there has been a big reduction in the number of people catching these diseases.
Over 500 million doses of MMR have been used in over 90 countries around the world since the early 1970s.
MMR is given in two doses. First when your child is between 12 and 13 months, and then at the same time as other routine childhood immunisations – from 3 years 4 months of age. Although normally given at these times, if it is missed it can be given at any age. Teenagers who haven’t had two doses of the vaccine are also being offered the MMR vaccine during their routine teenage immunisations.
More Information on the MMR Vaccine can be found at http://www.immunisationscotland.org.uk/vaccines-and-diseases/mmr.aspx