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What should I do to protect myself and my children from having Measles?

What should I do to protect myself and my children from having Measles?

In wake of the recent measles outbreak, we should send out information for our patients and have a unified stand on the issue. I am proposing the following message to patients for your consideration. Please comment and amend as you think fit.

 

Dear parents/patients,

What should I do to protect myself and my children from having Measles?

You would have noticed that the cases of Measles in Hong Kong have increased dramatically in the first 3 months of 2019. The trend is likely to persist in the rest of the year, as Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan have experienced. Please note, however, the absolute number of cases is still low compared to countries near us. This is due to the fact that we as a community is very well vaccinated. Nevertheless, there are still groups in our community who are vulnerable. They are:

1.  Those who have NOT been vaccinated: infants below ONE YEAR of age, and

2.  foreign domestic helpers working in Hong Kong, who may never have been vaccinated.

3. Those who may have only received ONE DOSE of the Measles vaccine, namely, those born between 1967 to 1989. In simple terms, people between 30-50 years of age.

4. Anyone who may be immunocompromised.

 

So we suggest the following:

1. Infants beyond 1 year of age should receive MMR vaccine ASAP. A second dose can be given 1-6 months after the first dose to booster and prolong protection.

2. Locally born individuals between 30-50 should receive an additional dose of MMR, or at least be tested for Measles Antibody level.

3. Anyone who are not sure whether a second dose MMR was given or not can receive an additional dose, or at least be tested for Measles Antibody level.

4. Foreign domestic helpers with no history of contracting Measles should receive at least 1 dose, and preferably 2 doses, of MMR.

5. Pregnant ladies and infants below 1 year should avoid traveling to countries like Japan and Philippines where Measles is prevalent.

6. Consult your doctor if you are immunocompromised.

7. No need to do anything if you have had measles before, or have received 2 doses of measles vaccine.

8. For individuals born outside of Hong Kong, you may follow our recommendation according to whether you have received NONE, ONE or TWO doses of measles vaccine.

 

Please call up our clinic at 25266332 should you want to have the vaccine. As supplies may not match demand immediately, a waiting time for the vaccine is very likely.

 

Doctors at VIRTUS Paediatrics

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