Press Release Date: 13th April 2011
With mainland Europe experiencing numerous outbreaks of measles, the Tropical Medical Bureau is advising unimmunised travellers heading off on an Easter or summer escape to get vaccinated.
It’s a common myth that you only need vaccinations if you’re heading somewhere exotic. It may surprise you to learn that countries including Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Turkey have all seen sharp increases in cases of the measles virus in 2011. Parts of the USA are also dealing with outbreaks of measles which were contracted abroad on holiday.
As a result, Tropical Medical Bureau are urging all those flying off to European destinations over Easter to err on the side of caution and ensure they are covered against measles, mumps and rubella before jetting off.
Dr Graham Fry, Medical Director of the Tropical Medical Bureau, says: “Overseas travel is a major factor in the international spread of the measles virus.”
“Many teenagers missed out on having the MMR vaccine during their childhood years because of the unfounded worries about this vaccine being linked to various diseases. Unfortunately these young teenagers are now very much at risk and should be vaccinated.”
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) currently recommends children get fully immunised with 2 doses of the MMR [measles, mumps, and rubella] vaccine. Dr Fry adds: “Adults who have only had one dose of MMR should consider being vaccinated again to protect themselves.”
Measles is highly contagious and causes a range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, and spots on the skin. The virus is contained in the millions of tiny droplets that come out of the nose and mouth when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Dr Graham Fry, Medical Director, Tropical Medical Bureau is available for comment / interview.
Further information regarding the health risks for the business traveller overseas can be obtained by contacting any of the Tropical Medical Centres or through www.tmb.ie
Tropical Medical Bureau have 23 clinics nationwide.
Phone: 086 8583585
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