Following an increase in confirmed cases of measles in university students across parts of the UK, Public Health England has asked all Universities to advise their students of this health risk.
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications. Although usually mild in children, measles can be far more severe in adults, so it is important to make sure that you are protected.
Public Health England are advising all students to remain alert to measles, which can include cold-like symptoms, sore red eyes, a high temperature or a red-brown blotchy rash. If you experience these symptoms you should seek medical attention immediately (it is important that you ring your GP ahead of visiting the surgery so that arrangements can be made to minimise the risk of others being infected).
You should also check whether you have had the MMR vaccination as it’s not too late to have the vaccine. If you have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine in the past, or if you are unsure whether you have or not, you should speak to your GP. There’s no harm in receiving an additional dose where there is any uncertainty.