Are you protected against measles?

Reposted on behalf of Cheshire Occupational Health Service

It is important that as a Healthcare worker you know your MEASLES status

Measles is a highly infectious, common condition that can have serious, potentially fatal, complications. 18% of all cases in England were admitted to hospital (in the first quarter of this year); of the 108 cases admitted to hospital 15 of these experienced complications such as pneumonia, meningitis and gastroenteritis. Several measles outbreaks have been reported across the country over the past 12 months, a large one of which is currently affecting Swansea where there have been almost 700 confirmed cases of the condition. Experts believe the rise in measles cases can be mostly attributed to the proportion of unprotected 10-16 year-olds who missed out on vaccination in the late 1990s and early 2000s when concern around the discredited link between autism and the vaccine was widespread. A national MMR catch up Campaign has been announced in response to the increase in measles cases.

SIGNS/SYMPTOMS:  The following features are strongly suggestive of measles:

  • rash for at least three days
  • fever for at least one day, and
  • at least one of the following – cough, cold symptoms or conjunctivitis

VACCINATION:  Measles vaccination is part of a combined vaccination which provides protection against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).  Protection of healthcare workers is especially important due to their potential to transmit these conditions to vulnerable groups.

If you are not immune against measles OR are not sure, you should contact to the Occupational Health Service to make arrangements to speak to a nurse to discuss the risk and whether vaccination is recommended.

If you are in any doubt at all please do not hesitate to contact Occupational Health on:

Macclesfield Hospital: 01625 66(1896)

Leighton Hospital: 01270 61(2372)

If you are not immune against measles and have any suggestive symptoms you must seek occupational health advice (GP advice if out of hours) before reporting for work.

Grand Round on 26 June 2013

The next Grand Round will take place on Wednesday, 26h June, with a presentation by Dr Losa, entitled ‘Vaccination Update’.

The lecture takes place at 1:00pm in the lecture theatre, 1st Floor, Macclesfield District General Hospital. It will be preceded by a buffet from 12:15pm.

The following Grand Round will take place on Wednesday, 3rd July, with a presentation by Dr Zafar and Dr Marc Nicol entitled ‘Simulation’.

PHE welcomes changes to the UK vaccination programme

The Department of Health, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS
England has today announced a series of changes to the current vaccination schedule to include three new vaccination programmes, which protect against flu, shingles and rotavirus, as well as updating the current meningitis C vaccine schedule.

The rotavirus vaccination programme will start on 01 July 2013 when children under 4 months will be routinely vaccinated against this highly infectious illness, which is the most common cause of vomiting and diarrhoea (gastroenteritis) in infants and young children. Nearly every child will develop gastroenteritis caused by rotavirus by the time they are 5 years old.In children younger than five years in the UK, this infection is responsible for around 140,000 GP visits and 14,000 hospitalisations every year. The vaccine will be administered as a droplet into babies’ mouths during their 2- and 3-month vaccination appointments.In addition, children aged 2 years (around 650,000 in total) will also be offered a nasal flu vaccine from September 2013 as part of a number of pilot programmes to vaccinate primary and pre-school aged children against seasonal flu. The pilot programmes will ensure the NHS is appropriately geared up to roll out the programme in full to all pre-school and primary school children in 2014.

There will also be a shingles vaccination programme introduced for people aged 70, with a catch-up programme for those aged up to, and including, 79 years. Shingles is an infection of a nerve that causes pain and a rash along a band of skin by the affected nerve. Continue reading