Does My Child Have Measles?
20 December 2017, 08:31
Some schools have written to parents after ten confirmed cases of measles in Sussex and Surrey.
Officials are reminding us to make sure vaccinations are up to dates.
Symptoms include a fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis and a distinctive red rash.
Advice from NHS England:
- Contact your GP as soon as possible if you suspect that you or your child has measles, even if you're not completely sure
- It's best to phone before your visit, as your GP surgery may need to make arrangements to reduce the risk of spreading the infection
The initial symptoms of measles can include:
- a runny or blocked nose
- watery eyes
- swollen eyelids
- sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light
- a high temperature (fever), which may reach around 40C (104F)
- small greyish-white spots in the mouth (see below)
- aches and pains
- a cough
- loss of appetite
- tiredness, irritability and a general lack of energy