Measles - Information - Salford 2020
Dear Head Teacher,
We would like to inform you that we have seen an increase of measles cases in Greater Manchester.
Measles is caused by the measles virus and is highly infectious and in some cases can lead to serious complications. It starts like a cold with a runny nose, cough, fever and conjunctivitis (sore, red eyes).
After about three days, a rash appears over the face / head before spreading across the rest of the body. It can affect people of all ages but babies under one, pregnant women and people with immunosuppression are at greatest risk. Measles is spread to others in droplets from coughs/sneezes, and is easily passed around families and communities if children and adults have not been vaccinated.
We are therefore taking this opportunity to highlight the seriousness of the illness and the importance of the MMR vaccination to protect individuals and communities. Children should be vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella with the MMR vaccine just after their first birthday and again at the age of three years and four months. However, it is never too late to be vaccinated, you can be vaccinated at any age.
Please would you kindly send out the attached information leaflet to parents/guardians highlighting the importance of being vigilant for symptoms and ensuring that adults and children are fully vaccinated For more information about measles, visit:
If you have any further queries regarding this information please do not hesitate to contact Bev Wasp our Senior Health Protection Strategic Manager, email@example.com