Several cases of measles have been detected in Norway in the last two weeks. The latest cases were detected in the emergency room in Egersund. That means it can be infected in our neighborhood.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health reported that the infected person took the SAS flight on Friday, March 22. a. 15.00 from Oslo to Stavanger. From an infected person to a disease outbreak (incubation period), it takes 10 to 14 days.
New cases may therefore still occur in our area, so it is important that those who have not been infected or vaccinated contact the health service to obtain the vaccine. Unvaccinated children (younger than 15 months) are particularly at risk.
General Recommendations on MMR Vaccine
These do not need MMR vaccine:
- Born in 1970 or later: Those who know that they have followed the Norwegian child vaccination program should have received the measles vaccine, and no further doses are needed.
- Born from 1960 to 1969: Most people had measles, but after the measles vaccine was introduced, the incidence of the disease declined. This means that someone does not have measles protection because they have not been vaccinated or had the disease. Therefore, in case of doubt, we recommend taking one dose of the MMR vaccine.
- Born before 1960: The likelihood of having measles is so high that the MMR vaccine is not considered necessary.
People born in 1970 or later are recommended a dose of the MMR vaccine in the following cases:
- If they do not know if they have followed the child vaccination program and therefore have received the MMR vaccine, or
- If they do not know if they have suffered the diseases in question. Most people get long-term protection.
Symptoms of measles
Pre-fever with fever, cough, coryza, photophobia – up to 3-4 days. On some days white spots on the mouth (spots Coplic). Then the fever that falls then increases with the onset of measles rash. The rash usually starts behind the ears and spreads rapidly throughout the body. Rash, fever, and other symptoms usually last for 2 to 5 days. Fever besides rash can be a sign of complication. Brain encephalitis (encephalitis) is a rare but serious complication that occurs most often between one and two weeks after the rash.
Unvaccinated small children are particularly prone to measles and complications.
If measles is suspected, consult a physician by phone.