Measles: Austria introduces new restrictions

Image copyright AFP Image caption There are no plans to introduce shots for under-12s to alleviate the risk of disease spreading Austria will restrict movement and classes in schools for the unvaccinated age 12…

Measles: Austria introduces new restrictions

Image copyright AFP Image caption There are no plans to introduce shots for under-12s to alleviate the risk of disease spreading

Austria will restrict movement and classes in schools for the unvaccinated age 12 and older due to the risk of several types of measles, according to the ministry of health.

The measures will be in place until the end of March 2019.

“Measles is a disease whose spread in the population can cause thousands of illnesses, which is why we have to take all possible action against it,” said Health Minister Michael Baumgartner.

A surge in cases of measles in the past few months has caused alarm.

Some 140 new cases have been reported in Austria since the beginning of October.

The latest figures show that there are currently some 12,900 confirmed or suspected cases of measles in the country, and almost 3,000 of those have been severe and dangerous.

In 2013, authorities recommended that children should not be vaccinated for measles until the age of 12 and that under-12s should be vaccinated as a precaution.

Contrast this with neighbouring countries, which have higher vaccination rates.

In Germany, only one in eight children receive all of their vaccines at the recommended age of two.

In some areas in the UK the vaccination rate is higher.

If you or someone you know is feeling unwell contact your GP.

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