HSE confirms measles outbreak has worsened in Limerick

Fintan Walsh, Health Correspondent

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HSE confirms measles outbreak has worsened in Limerick

THE HSE has confirmed another increase in measles detections, as the outbreak worsens in Limerick this week. 

In a statement this Tuesday morning, the HSE said that there are now 15 cases of the measles in Limerick, with one case connected to Dublin. 

“Most cases so far are associated with the Ballinacurra Weston and Carew Park (Southill) area of the city. A number of suspect cases are also being investigated.”

A spokesperson stated that the uptake in the MMR vaccine in Limerick has been consistently lower than below World Health Organisation recommendations, which is 95% uptake. 

The first confirmed cases were detected on January 3, and the outbreak was announced by the HSE on January 31. 

There will be a free MMR clinic this Wednesday, February 21, 12pm to 3pm, at Barrack View Primary Care Centre, Edward Street, Limerick.

“The best protection against measles is to be fully vaccinated with 2 doses of the MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) vaccine. All children should get MMR at 12 months of age and the second dose at 4-5 years of age. If your child missed their MMR vaccine you should contact your GP.”

Dr Mai Mannix , director of public health in the Mid-West stated: “MMR vaccine is the safest way that parents can protect their children against measles as infants, young children and their families are particularly vulnerable. MMR vaccine is used in 90 countries around the world and the World Health Organisation recognises MMR as a highly effective vaccine with an outstanding safety record.

“Parents of children in Limerick city and county , Clare and North Tipperary should ensure their child is fully vaccinated for MMR and bring their child for vaccination if they have missed or not already had the correct number of doses for their age.”

The spokesperson said: “If people are unsure of their vaccination status they are advised to get an MMR vaccine, as even if they do have 2 doses of MMR a third dose is not harmful. The HSE has run a vaccination clinic in the area where cases have been notified and further clinics are planned.”