Measles Outbreak

The UK is seeing a significant outbreak of measles. The UK Health Security Agency, which is part of the UK Government, has declared a national incident.

The symptoms of measles that you need to be aware of are,
- high fever
- sore, red, watery eyes
- coughing
- aching and feeling generally unwell
- a blotchy red brown rash, which usually appears after the initial symptoms

Anyone with symptoms that could be measles is advised to stay at home and phone their GP or NHS 111 for advice, rather than visiting the medical centre or A&E. This is because measles spreads very quickly and easily and so it is important to try and prevent the illness spreading further.

People who have symptoms should also especially try to stay away from areas where you could come into contact with vulnerable people such as schools, nurseries or care homes.

Two vaccinations are needed to fully protect you against Measles, Mumps and Rubella. This is available through your GP practice.

Measles is a highly contagious disease which is spread by coughs and sneezes.

It normally clears up after seven to 10 days. However, it can lead to serious problems if it infects other parts of the body, such as the lungs or brain.

Complications can include pneumonia, meningitis, blindness, and seizures.

Babies and young children, pregnant women and those with a weakened immune system are more at risk.

Measles can be fatal.

The more people that are vaccinated, the harder it is to catch it.

If you are not fully vaccinated, we strongly recommend that you book your immunisation at the earliest opportunity by calling us.

Find more information on the NHS website

For more information on the MMR vaccine visit the NHS website

Date published: 23rd January, 2024
Date last updated: 24th January, 2024