Measles safety for Lincs people

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The County Council has announced a programme of vaccinations which they say will help to prevent an outbreak of measles in Lincolnshire.

There were only eight cases of measles in Lincolnshire during the whole of 2012, but there were five cases from January to March 2013.

A Lincolnshire Couty Council spokesman said: “Experts believe the rise in measles cases is mostly because of the number of children who missed out on immunization in the late 1990s and early 2000s.”

“The programme aims to immunize as many unvaccinated and partially vaccinated 10-16 year olds as possible in the coming months. If you have not been vaccinated, the risk of you getting measles is much higher.”

He continued: “People who have not been vaccinated should get at least one dose of MMR vaccination which will give them 95 per cent protection against measles. A second dose will then provide almost complete protection. It’s never too late to be immunized against measles. If you are unsure whether you or your children have had two doses of the vaccination, contact your GP.”

Symptoms of measles include:

- Cold-like symptoms

- Red eyes and sensitivity to light

- Fever

- Greyish white spots in the mouth and throat

- After a few days a red-brown spotty rash will appear. It usually starts behind the ears, then spreads around the head and neck before the legs and rest of the body.”

For more info on help and vaccination visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/residents/public-health/your-health-/immunisation/