Complications from measles are more serious than people realise, doctors have warned, amid increasing cases and “unfounded fears” about the vaccine.
Measles can cause long-term damage to the immune system – resetting it to a baby-like state and leaving people vulnerable to other infections, scientists have said.
Two cases of measles have been confirmed following ferry journeys between Aberdeen and Shetland.
Children who catch measles are more vulnerable to other serious infections for the next two to three years, experts have warned.
The UK is one of four European countries to have lost its measles elimination status, according to the World Health Organisation.
Vaccine refusal is a “growing public health timebomb”, the head of the NHS has warned.
New university students should ensure they have been vaccinated against measles following outbreaks of the highly infectious illness, health officials have said.
Outbreaks of measles have been confirmed across England, health officials have said.
The number of people diagnosed with either measles, mumps or rubella almost quadrupled in a year.