22 November 2023

Be vigilant following Measles outbreak in Sheffield

Health professionals at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are reminding parents to be vigilant for the symptoms of measles in their children due to an outbreak of the virus currently circulating in Sheffield.

Measles usually starts with cold-like symptoms, followed by a rash which usually starts on the face or behind the ears a few days later. Some people may also get small spots in their mouth.

The first symptoms are:
  • high fever
  • sore, red, watery eyes
  • cough
  • aching and feeling generally unwell
  • a blotchy red/brown rash on white skin. It may be harder to see or more subtle on brown and black skin.

If you think anyone in your family has the symptoms of measles, please stay at home and phone your GP or NHS 111 for advice.

If it is absolutely necessary to take your child into your GP surgery, a walk-in centre or a hospital emergency department do not use public transport to get there as you will risk infecting others.

Ask NHS 111 or 999 for help with transport if you need to be seen by a doctor.

As soon as you arrive please inform reception that you are infectious so that you can be kept away from other people to minimise the chances of the infection spreading.

The best way to prevent your children getting measles is to make sure they have their two MMR vaccines on time – the first at 1 year of age and the second at 3 years, 4 months.

If you or your children missed these vaccines, it’s not too late. Ask for the free vaccine from your GP if you or your children aren’t up to date.

For more information about measles visit the Healthier Together website or the NHS.uk website

For more information on the MMR vaccination, click here

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