Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
12 April 2011 17:38
A measles outbreak in Europe has led the HPS issuing a vaccination warning
Families who have the foresight to take out
medical travel insurance in preparation for their Easter break abroad to Europe should also take the extra step of vaccinating their children against measles, according the Health Protection Agency (HPA).
Schools in England have received advice from the HPA warning that children travelling to mainland Europe should be protected after a recent measles outbreak.
An HPA spokeswoman said that so far this year measles cases have increased in a number of countries, including Denmark, France, Germany and the Netherlands, as reported by the World Health Organisation.
In France, nearly 1,000 cases were already reported by January this year, compared to 1,500 in 2009 and more than 4,500 during 2010.
An outbreak has also been reported in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as cases linked to a large outbreak in Bulgaria last year.
The spokeswoman said overseas travel is an important factor in the international spread of measles and that HPA health protection units are writing to schools and health professionals in their local area.
She added: "The HPA is issuing advice to schools and health professionals on measles and recommends that children are fully immunised with two doses of MMR before travelling to Europe for holidays."
Measles causes a range of symptoms including fever, coughing and distinctive red-brown 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.
The highly-contagious virus can be caught by breathing in these droplets or, if the droplets have settled on a surface, by touching the surface and then placing your hands near your nose or mouth.
21 April 2017
Want to lower your risk of suffering cancer or heart disease? Then get on your bike.
20 April 2017
Researchers have made a significant breakthrough in understanding the way in which breast cancer grows and spreads.
19 April 2017
Budget airline easyJet has apologised over an incident in which two passengers were ordered to leave an overbooked flight.
14 April 2017
Holidays have topped the priority lists of people approaching retirement, with close to two thirds (64%) aiming to go on more trips once they leave the world of work behind.
13 April 2017
A major bank has outlined plans to become more "dementia-friendly".
12 April 2017
Restrictions should be put in place to curb the drinking of alcohol before early-morning flights, a House of Lords committee has suggested.
11 April 2017
Drivers heading to airports and ferry ports this bank holiday weekend have been told to expect heavy traffic.
People who are beginning to notice signs of grey hair have more to worry about than their image.
07 April 2017
Women who live in built-up areas could face a higher risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new report.
06 April 2017
It's well known that oily fish like mackerel is good for the heart and the brain but experts are now considering whether it can also help people with diabetes.
05 April 2017
The UK could face a "damaging" drop in flights if an aviation deal can't be sorted quickly in the Brexit negotiations, a travel trade group has warned.
04 April 2017
BBC broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire has revealed that losing her hair while undergoing chemotherapy was the "worst bit about cancer treatment".