STOP THE SPREAD OF MEASLES IN CORK: Blackpool GP wants HSE to promote MMR vaccine by reassuring public of its safety

24 October 2017
By Bryan Smyth

Fianna Fáil Councillor and local Blackpool GP urges parents to vaccinate their children against potentially fatal diseases

Cllr Dr John Sheehan

Recently it was announced that there have been 2 confirmed cases of measles in Dublin.

Speaking in Cork, Cork City Cllr Dr John Sheehan said “it is paramount the parents ensure their children have received the recommended two doses of the MMR vaccine which also protects against mumps and rubella”. He continued “False information has plagued the medical industry for years regarding the MMR Vaccine, people must ensure they have the correct information on not just the MMR Vaccine but all vaccines. If you have any queries, ask your GP or Pharmacist for more advice”

Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. In 1980, before widespread vaccination, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year. However, after widespread vaccinations worldwide in 2015 the amount of measles related deaths had dropped to 134,000.

Cllr Dr Sheehan concluded “The HSE should begin a renewed campaign explaining the benefits and positives of the MMR vaccine to ensure that the numbers of people receiving both doses does not fall”

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