North East measles outbreak

It is estimated there are 30 new cases of measles every week in the North East. Doctors are urging parents to get their children vaccinated against the disease.

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What to do if you think you or your child has measles

To prevent spreading measles, North East Public Health England have issued the following advice about what to do if you think you, or your child, has measles:

  • Stay away from school, nursery or work until at least four full days have elapsed after the development of a rash.
  • Telephone your GP surgery or NHS walk-in centre to tell them that you or your child has a rash before attending, so arrangements can be made to minimise contact with other patients.
  • Avoid going to A&E unless you are seriously ill, and if you do attend, telephone ahead to let them know you or your child may have measles.
  • Avoid contact with pregnant women, people with weak immune systems and babies who are too young to be vaccinated, as they are more vulnerable to infection.

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