In this article…Key points
Measles is a highly contagious viral illness and it can be fatalKey points
22,373 measles cases were reported in the European region in 2017Key points
The measles, mumps and rubella vaccination is effective in preventing measles infectionKey points
95% uptake of the vaccination is required to achieve herd immunityKey points
Registered medical practitioners are legally required to notify suspected measles cases to the local health protection team
The number of cases of measles is rising across Europe and outbreaks have been reported in the UK. Nurses need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease and the groups most at risk, including those who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated. This article summarises the signs and symptoms of measles, at-risk groups and how the disease can be prevented. It explains the process of notification and provides sources of further information about this highly infectious condition.Citation
Smith K (2018) Preventing, identifying and managing measles outbreaks. Nursing Times; 114: 10, 18-19.