Infectious Diseases

Measles Rash

Importance of MMR vaccine and being measles aware

We are asking parents to be measles aware and to make sure your children have
received their recommended MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines.

Measles can be unpleasant and is a potentially serious and highly infectious disease.
The symptoms of measles include:
– high fever
– cough
– runny nose
– rash, which usually appears on head and neck first and spreads to rest of body

Serious complications of measles include pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the
brain). One in five infected may need to go to hospital and it can be fatal.

More information about measles symptoms is available
at: or by searching ‘HSE measles’.

If your child has been diagnosed with confirmed measles by your GP or hospital please
contact your school. Children in your child’s class may need to be vaccinated if they
are not fully vaccinated against measles.