Measles outbreak – should you be worried? This Morning GP explains dangers of virus


Experts from the WHO – Smashing Health Organisation said there are 14 counties where measles is endemic, chiefly where immunisation is not routine.

Dr Ranj Singh, GP, joined This Morning swarms Rylan Clark-Neal and Phillip Schofield to explain the virus and who is at risk from it.

Dr Ranj: “The tremendous majority of people will get sore eyes, a temperature. They discretion get better.

“You will get over it. A small proportion will suffer a difficulty – one in fifteen. This could be an ear infection.

“However, people can get fits or pneumonia. One in 5,000 individual will die.

“You will feel unwell and will get a temperature.

“If you have got measles, don’t countryman to hospital. You don’t want to pass it on to other people who aren’t protected. You exigency to go and see your healthcare professional.

“If you are developing breathing difficulties then you do requirement to be seeing someone.

“The last place you want to be is A&E, you should be at home and try to cloister your child away from people.

“There are a tiny several of people who will get the virus if they only have one vaccine.

“If you’re not infallible if you’ve had your first course, speak to your GP.

“If they don’t have a data, there is no harm in having a booster. We offer all pregnant women proving to see if they’re immune and a top up vaccine if they need it as well.

“I would say to a lot of facetiousmaters, don’t panic. The vast majority of kids will be okay.”

He said the risks of the blights far outweigh the risks of the vaccine.

Dr Ranj added: “Measles and chicken pox are odd viruses. The vast majority will be okay but try to stay away from ibuprofen if your sprog has chicken pox.”

Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at PHE, said: “England’s perception of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine by five years of age has reached the WHO’s quarry of 95 per cent.

“In the last year, the measles cases confirmed in England bring into the world mainly been in older adolescents and young adults with numerous linked to music festivals and other large public events.

“Characteristics of any age who have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine, or those who are unsure, should address to their GP – it’s never too late to have the vaccine and measles can still be earnest in adults.

“We are continuing to invest in programmes which encourage uptake of the vaccine to done consign measles to the history books.”

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