The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Measles in Leeds

1 December 2017

People who have visited Leeds Children’s Hospital recently are to receive advice about measles circulating in the city as a routine precautionary measure.

Letters to a specific small group of patients advise that if they or their children become unwell within three weeks of attending, and if they experience symptoms, they should phone their NHS 111 for advice, or contact their GP if they are unwell.

Dr Yvette Oade, Chief Medical Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said today: “Most older children and adults are immune to measles – either because they had measles as a child or because they have been vaccinated – and so are very unlikely to catch measles.

“However, there have been several cases in the city and because it is an extremely infectious disease we are issuing advice to people who might have been in the hospital at the same time as some infected people.

“Most patients with measles do not need any hospital treatment, they can stay at home, take regular fluids, and manage fever with medications such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen.

“People in certain groups may be more vulnerable, such as children under a year old, people with weakened immunity or pregnant women. If they feel poorly they or their carers should contact their GP or usual hospital doctor for advice.”

Patients who are well and not in the groups listed above you do not need to take action.

Anyone who is not sure whether they are protected from measles should phone their doctor to arrange for vaccination if needed.

For more information on measles visit the Public Health England National Measles Guidelines website http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/measles/Pages/Introduction.aspx .