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With NHS Western Isles warning of the increased threat of measles locally, Benbecula GP Kate Dawson has shared her childhood memories of the disease.

Said Kate: “I had measles when I was one, and my sister was a baby. We were seriously ill, and it was a frightening time for my mother. A few years later, when my brother was a baby, they invented the measles vaccine, and my mother was at the front of the queue to get him vaccinated.”

She added that 55 years later, there is now an outbreak of measles, and too few people among the Scottish population are vaccinated to prevent it from spreading.

“Don’t forget, measles is deadly. It can cause permanent damage, some forms of brain inflammation, and some children will die,” the GP warned.


Typical measles rash

NHS 24 advises the public to check whether they and their loved ones have had two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Signs and symptoms of measles include:

🔹cold-like symptoms
🔹sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light
🔹a high temperature
🔹a rash on the skin that usually first appears on the head/neck and then spreads to the rest of the body.

Get more information about measles from NHS 24 here and the MMR vaccination.