PHARMACISTS HAVE SAID they are “primed, resourced and ready” to contribute to the government’s newly announced MMR Catch-up Vaccination Programme in order to stave off an outbreak of measles in Ireland.

Cases of measles are on the rise across Europe and have shown up in Ireland over recent weeks, with the HSE issuing an urgent alert last week to passengers who travelled on a flight from Abu Dhabi to Dublin, which was carrying at least one infected person.

With more people bound to travel abroad this spring and summer, one pharmacist told The Journal she fears that many will bring the highly infectious – and dangerous – disease back with them.

There have been five confirmed cases of measles in Ireland so far this year, with one resulting in the death of an adult.

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