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What is it and how do we get it:

Measles is caused by a virus. It is spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or shares food or drinks. The measles virus can travel through the air. This means that you can get measles if you are near someone who has the virus even if that person doesn't cough or sneeze directly on you.

Symptoms of measles (Rubeola):

Measles starts with cold-like symptoms that develop about 10 days after becoming infected. This is followed a few days later by the measles rash. For most people, the illness lasts around 7 to 10 days in total. The initial symptoms of measles can include cold like symptoms. Also, small greyish-white spots in the mouth appear. This is followed by Measles rash which is made up of small red-brown, flat or slightly raised spots that may join together into larger blotchy patches. usually first appears on the head or neck, before spreading outwards to the rest of the body.

Measles, is highly infectious conditions that can have serious, and potentially fatal, complications, including meningitis, swelling of the brain (encephalitis) and deafness.

Childhood/ Routine Immunization program in the United Kingdom:

It is given in two doses – the first when the child is one year old, followed by a second booster dose before they start school, at three years and four months ( so, in total 2 doses). Measles vaccine is given in the form of MMR vaccination containing other antigens i.e Mumps and Rubella (German Measles).

Travellers going to destinations with Measles outbreaks:

Travellers who had 2 full doses before You are good to go but depending on destination you might want to have a booster
Travellers who had only 1 dose before Should have an extra dose before departure
Travellers not sure if they had any doses before They should be given 2 doses each one month apart
Travellers not sure if they had any doses before and they can’t wait one month to receive two full doses They should get the initial dose, and even though it doesn’t give them maximum protection, but at least it is better than receiving nothing

Inclusion and Exclusion list:

For patients above age of 1. There are inclusion and exclusion list that will be discussed with you during your appointment. You will be asked to fill in an assessment form with all your vaccination history details as well as any medical condition. Also we will go through any allergic reactions you might have. You can download the form here or you can fill it in during your appointment.

Name of the Vaccines subject to availabilities:

Name of the Vaccine Type of Vaccine Schedule (see notes above) Price per schedule including consultation
Priorix Live Attenuated 2 doses £56
MMRVAXPRO Live Attenuated 2 doses £56

Side effects:

Injection site reactions are common and include redness, pain and swelling. Other common adverse effects include upper respiratory tract infection, malaise, rash, pain and fever. Please read the Patient Information Leaflet given to you at the end of your session.

This vaccine is contraindicated for pregnant women.

Please visit http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations.aspx, after putting your destinations, this website will advise you which vaccines are needed. This website is regularly updated and is authorised by NHS.

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