Apr 25, 2013

Are you worried about measles?

The recent measles outbreak in Wales has led many parents to worry about their child, if they did not have both MMR injections as part of the routine vaccination programme. The Health Protection agency has a FAQ sheet on it’s website, which might be worth a look if you are concerned:

http://www.hpa.org.uk/webc/HPAwebFile/HPAweb_C/1296687918015

There is also some general guidance about measles from the HPA:

http://www.hpa.org.uk/Topics/InfectiousDiseases/InfectionsAZ/Measles/Guidelines/

We have also had a reminder from the Department of Education, reminding nurseries about the appropriate stance on unvaccinated children:

As immunisation in the UK, along with most health care, is voluntary and is a system built on informed consent and patient autonomy, patients and parents have the best possible information available to them in making decisions about themselves or their children. It will seem inappropriate for children whose immunisation status have not been established to be excluded from attendance in a childcare setting.

The EYFS states: 3.42 The provider must promote the good health of children attending the setting. They must have a procedure, discussed with parents and/or carers, for responding to children who are ill or infectious, take necessary steps to prevent the spread of infection, and take appropriate action if children are ill.

If you have any concerns, please do ask your nursery manager.


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