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Measles is about – please be aware, avoid contact and report symptoms

Cases of measles have increased in Croydon and we are helping the public to notice symptoms early.

If you have an undiagnosed rash or any of these other symptoms, please avoid physical contact with people and contact your doctor:

  • Runny nose (coryza)
  • Cough
  • High temperature
  • Tonsillitis/Sore throat
  • Sore eyes (conjunctivitis) 
  • Followed by a rash 2-3 days later

If possible let them know beforehand that you plan to arrive. We also ask that, upon arriving, you immediately tell reception staff about your symptoms. They will find you an appropriate room away from others and arrange your care.

Important facts

Measles is a highly infectious illness. The days between being exposed to measles and a person showing the first symptoms of measles are between eight and 13 days.

People with suspected measles remain infectious for about four days after onset of the rash and should be kept away from work, school and other areas until after this time.

Preventing Measles: MMR vaccination

If your child is over the age of one year, it is highly recommended that they are vaccinated with the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Make sure your children receive the MMR vaccine doses on time - the first dose at one year and the second at three years.

Don’t worry if you or your children missed these vaccines, as they can still get one now. Please ask for the free vaccine from your GP.

If someone in contact with possible measles has had two doses of MMR, the person is likely to be protected against measles and no further action is indicated.

If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to contact your GP.


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