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MMR Vaccine

Two more measles cases confirmed - bringing total number this year to 13

In addition to the confirmed cases, there are 19 cases currently under investigation for measles.

TWO MORE MEASLES cases have been confirmed in Ireland, bringing the total number of cases so far this year to 13. 

In addition to the confirmed cases, there are 19 cases currently under investigation for measles, according to the latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). 

Each suspected case of measles needs to be tested in a laboratory before being confirmed as measles or denotified. Several possible measles cases have been declassified in recent weeks.

It typically starts with cold-like symptoms that develop about 10 days after a person gets infected. The person will get a rash a few days later.

Symptoms include: 

  • Cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing and a cough
  • Sore red eyes 
  • A temperature of 38 degrees celsius or above
  • A rash, which usually appear on the head and neck before spreading to the rest of the body

The illness usually lasts for seven to 10 days. You can read more in our explainer on the disease here


A new MMR (measles, mumps and rubella vaccine) catch-up vaccination programme is being rolled out amid fears of a possible outbreak here.

Some 310,000 people will be eligible for the vaccine under the programme which is estimated to cost €4.6 million. The vaccines will be administered by GPs and HSE vaccination teams.

Under the new programme, children and young adults not already vaccinated will be prioritised for vaccination.

The next priority group will be healthcare workers, followed by underserved groups such as homeless people, refugees and international protection applicants.

Includes reporting by Órla Ryan

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