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Measles Outbreak in the United Kingdom (Gloucestershire, England)

06 Nov 2017

Media reported  on 1 November 2017 that an ongoing measles outbreak has involved up to 32 people in Gloucestershire since September 2017. Of these, 22 cases have been in Wynstones Steiner Waldorf School in Brookethorpe.

Advice for Travellers

Travel may increase an individual’s risk of exposure to measles virus, and facilitate the spread of disease to unvaccinated and susceptible populations. Two doses of MMR vaccine, at least one month apart, are required to give adequate protection.

It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-13 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 4 months. Unvaccinated adults who have not had measles themselves should seek advice from a healthcare professional regarding measles vaccination.

For further information see Measles.