Are you fully protected against measles? Gloucestershire County Council is urging residents to check they are to help protect the most vulnerable.
In Gloucestershire, less than 90 per cent of residents are fully vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella.
This means that the county does not have enough ‘herd immunity’; the resistance to the spread of an infectious disease within a population when a high enough proportion are immune. The more people who are vaccinated, the better protection there is for the community.
To make sure that residents are safe from the deadly disease the county needs to hit a 95 per cent vaccination rate. The vaccine is completely safe for most people but some of the most vulnerable people can’t be vaccinated.
Measles signs and symptoms
The initial symptoms of measles develop around 10 days after a person is infected. These can include:
- cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, sneezing, and a cough
- sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light
- a high temperature (fever), which may reach around 40C (104F)
A few days later, a red-brown blotchy rash will appear. This usually starts on the head or upper neck, before spreading outwards to the rest of the body.
Symptoms usually resolve in about 7 to 10 days.
What to do?
If you think you or someone you know is suffering with Measles, then please contact 111.
Don’t go to A&E or your GPs as you could inadvertently spread the disease.