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Measles - Health and Safety Announcement

by Adam Crowther | Feb 09, 2024

Dear student,

The HSE have asked all College Administrations’ to reach out to staff and students to inform them about a public health alert following a case of measles that was confirmed in the Dublin and Midlands region.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness. Measles starts with cold-like symptoms that develop about 10 days after you get infected. You will then get a measles rash a few days later.

The illness usually lasts 7 to 10 days.


Get the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to avoid catching measles. Do not get the vaccine if you are pregnant. Avoid trying to get pregnant for 1 month after the vaccine.


When you have had measles, your body builds up resistance (immunity) to the virus. It's highly unlikely you'll get measles again.

The first symptoms of measles are:

  • cold-like symptoms such as aches and pains, a runny nose, sneezing and a cough

  • sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light

  • a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or above (fever), which may reach around 40 degrees Celsius

  • small greyish-white spots in your mouth

  • loss of appetite

  • tiredness, irritability and a general lack of energy

To relieve the symptoms of measles:

  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen for the fever, aches and pains

  • drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration

  • close the curtains to help reduce light sensitivity

  • use damp cotton wool to clean under your eyes

Read the full update from the HSE on what you need to know about Measles by clicking here.

As members of a diverse and interconnected community, it's imperative that we prioritize public health and safety, especially when it comes to preventable diseases like measles. By staying informed, vaccinated, and practicing good hygiene, we can work together to protect ourselves and our communities from the threat of measles and other infectious diseases. Let's commit to promoting a culture of health and well-being for all.