Measles is now widespread in Bristol according Public Health England following a rise in the number of cases reported in the city this year.
There have been 52 confirmed cases and 24 probable cases reported so far this year.
Public Health England is now working with local GPs to stop the spread of the disease.
You and your family are at risk of the infection unless you have had two doses of MMR vaccine.
The symptoms of measles are:
sore red eyes
red-brown blotchy rash
We have seen recent consequences of people with suspected measles who have continued their day to day activities resulting in many vulnerable people being exposed and some even requiring urgent medical interventions.
Residents are being asked to:
Check if you are protected – have you had two doses of MMR?
Check if your children are protected – have they had two doses of MMR vaccine? If the answer is no, contact your GP now for a catch up vaccination
Know the signs and symptoms of measles
DO NOT: go to school, nursery, or work if you have symptoms. Inform the school / nursery that your child may have measles
If you suspect measles, call your GP immediately to be assessed and if it is measles stay at home until 5 days after rash has appeared.
Call ahead before attending your GP, A&E or any other health care setting so that they make arrangements to prevent you spreading the infection to others when you are seen.