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# Measles

This year
HSE warns measles outbreak could happen in Ireland amid faltering vaccine uptake
A report by
Valerie Flynn
There has been a significant increase in cases of measles in Europe in the first half of this year.
Poll: Are you vaccinated against measles?
Ireland has failed to eliminate endemic measles.
Ireland has one of the lowest rates of measles immunisation in Europe
Measles rates in Europe went down during the pandemic, but it is possible that cases were underreported during that time.
Parents urged to check children are vaccinated against measles before travelling during Easter
The HSE is advising parents to make sure children are up to date with their MMR vaccines if they are travelling abroad.
Last year
Uptick in mumps in recent weeks as HSE advises MMR vaccine for anyone without two doses
Of 46 cases this year so far, nearly one-third were notified in July.
All time
Over 117 million children at risk of missing out on measles vaccine due to pandemic
Vaccination campaigns have been postponed in 24 countries to help prevent further spread of Covid-19.
'Losing our measles-free status is a real threat': No drop off in measles rate after cases tripled in 2018
There were 80 reported measles cases in Ireland in 2019.
Number of mumps cases in 2019 four times higher than last year
The HSE said has said the increase in numbers is linked to the spread of misinformation about vaccines on social media.
Majority of 140,000 people who died from Measles last year were under five years old
Four countries in Europe, including the UK, lost their measles elimination status last year.
Unvaccinated hang red flags as Samoa continues to battle measles epidemic
Samoa has begun a two-day shutdown as the government tries to curb a measles epidemic that has killed 62 people.
Mumps and measles on the rise in Ireland as people share discredited research online
Dr Kevin Kelleher of the HSE said Andrew Wakefield’s research linking vaccines to autism has been “utterly discredited”.
Measles can cause immune system to become 'more baby-like', study finds
The research found that the measles virus deletes part of the immune system’s memory.
Harris says social media companies should ban accounts that spread misinformation about vaccines
Facebook says certain hashtags are banned and ads rejected in a bid to stop misinformation from gaining traction.
Harris asks social media companies and sporting organisations to help raise vaccine awareness
The health minister sent letters to companies like Facebook and Google in recent weeks.
New Zealand measles outbreak rises above 1,000 confirm cases
Measles is a highly infectious illness and spreads very easily.
How many European countries have lost their measles-free status? It's the week in numbers
Plus the average starting salary for graduates.
Four European countries lose measles-free status as number of cases skyrockets
There are fears that Ireland’s status could also be at risk.
'It's a big threat': Fears Ireland could lose its measles-free status
The UK has lost its measles-free status and, after a spike in cases here, there are concerns Ireland could end up in the same position.
Simon Harris calls on TDs to support his motion tackling vaccine 'myths'
Simon Harris has called for cross party support for the motion.
Cruise ship quarantined off Caribbean island of St Lucia following outbreak of measles on board
The ship is used as a retreat location by the Church of Scientology.
Over 1,000 quarantined in measles scare at LA universities
Donald Trump has urged everyone to get vaccinated.
Simon Harris has asked the Attorney General to look at mandatory vaccinations
Earlier this week, it was announced that Ireland had experienced a 204% increase in cases of measles.
Irish measles cases rise over 200% as experts blame increase on misinformation about MMR vaccine
A new report has revealed that global rates of the disease are on the rise.
The Explainer: Why has Ireland had a 208% increase in measles cases?
In the next episode of our weekly podcast, we look at why cases of the illness are increasing in Ireland and other countries, despite a vaccination which prevents it.
US measles cases hit 25 year high
Health officials in hard-hit New York City today reported 61 new cases since late last week.
New York declares public health emergency as measles outbreak hits Brooklyn
New York mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered all residents to be vaccinated.
Outbreak of measles in Dublin affecting young workers in city centre
There have been 10 cases since the start of February.
People divided on banning unvaccinated children from schools
Most people agree with this stance but almost one in five are unsure, according to an opinion poll.
Hundreds vaccinated after measles emergency in New York
Rockland County banned non-vaccinated minors from public places.
Unvaccinated children banned from public places in New York suburb following measles outbreak
The extreme measure is to last for 30 days.
'It spreads like wildfire': Why Ireland, and the world, is seeing a huge surge in measles cases
Some 136,000 people died from measles globally in 2018.
Poll: Should children be banned from attending school if they haven't been vaccinated?
There has been a huge spike in measles cases worldwide.
Another measles outbreak confirmed, this time in north Dublin
There have been five cases since the start of February.
The number of reported measles cases in Ireland more than trebled this year
Seven in 10 of the confirmed cases involved people who were not vaccinated.
'Three children died as a result of measles that year. I remember their eyes'
Consultant paediatrician John Fitzsimons writes about his experiences with measles, and why it’s important to vaccinate.
13 cases of measles in Dublin's north inner city in recent weeks
Transmission has occurred in a number of hospitals and in households with “poor vaccine uptake”, the HSE said.
Measles cases reach record high across Europe
Over 41,000 children and adults in Europe have been infected with measles in the first six months of 2018.
Warning issued after five more people contract measles in Dublin
The HSE is “particularly concerned” about the risk of measles in children who recently attended Temple Street Children’s University Hospital.
Warning issued as four cases of measles are reported in Dublin
Two adults and two children were affected.
HSE issues warning after two confirmed cases of measles in Dublin
Members of the public have been advised that the two infected people attended a number of hospitals where it is possibly they passed on the illness.