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Make measles top of the vaccination check list, RCN specialists advise nurses

Make measles top of the vaccination check list, RCN specialists Helen Donovan and Sandra Grieve advise nurses

When nurses are considering vaccine preventable disease protection for travellers, although measles is unlikely to be at the top of the list, it should be.

Since the beginning of 2018 there have been just under 600 cases of measles reported in various outbreaks across England. These outbreaks are often associated with travel to European countries with data from the European Centre for Disease control (2018) highlighting ongoing transmission across Europe with Greece, Romania, Italy and France particularly being affected.

Public Health England (PHE 2018) has advised all travellers to check their measles vaccination status, if they intend on travelling to Europe this summer.

Nurses should use it as an opportunity to ensure people are up to date with all UK-recommended vaccines. This should


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