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Number of measles cases increase in Harrow

Since the start of the year, Harrow has seen a significant rise in measles cases.

Health officials are warning everyone to be extra careful, especially around people who haven’t been vaccinated, to help stop the spread of measles. Many people think measles is just a simple sickness for kids, but it’s actually quite serious.

Commenting on the increasing cases in this weeks MyHarrow newsletter, Cllr Paul Osborn, Leader of the London Borough of Harrow said, “There is currently a high rate of measles infections in Greater London. Measles is easily spread and can be very serious, including in pregnancy and for very young children.

“Make sure that you and your loved ones are up to date with your MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccinations and catch up on any missed jabs by speaking to your GP practice. If you suspect a measles infection, call 111 or ask for an urgent GP appointment.”

Measles can make children very distressed, and sometimes they might even need to go to the hospital to get better. Babies can only get vaccinated after they turn one year old, so they are at risk until then.

Adults aren’t safe from danger either, especially if their immune system is weak from things like cancer treatments. They can face serious health issues.

Measles spreads very easily. You can catch it up to four days before any signs show up. At first, it might feel like a cold with symptoms like a runny nose, high fever, or red, sore eyes.

A few days later, a brown or red rash starts on the face and then spreads to other parts of the body. The rash might be harder to notice on darker skin.

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