Urgent 'contact GP' warning to anyone on Ryanair flight last week

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Passengers on a Ryanair flight from London to Dublin may have been exposed to measles, warn health officials. The Health Service Executive (HSE) has issued an advisory to passengers and crew of Ryanair flight FR123 that departed from Gatwick to Dublin at 8.10pm last Thursday, stating they might have come into contact with the infectious disease.

In a public health announcement, the HSE stated: "We ask you to be particularly vigilant for symptoms of measles for 21 days from exposure until June 7." It further clarified that those who have received two MMR vaccines, previously contracted measles, or were born in Ireland before 1978, are "probably immune".

Those who do not fall into these categories are advised to avoid contact with vulnerable individuals including pregnant people, babies under 12 months old, and people with weakened immune systems until after June 7. Healthcare workers who may have been exposed are asked to inform their line manager.

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Symptoms of measles include cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, cough, sore red eyes, a high temperature of 38C or above, and a rash that usually starts on the head and neck before spreading to the rest of the body.

The HSE added: "If you develop these symptoms, please seek medical advice. Phone ahead prior to attending any healthcare setting to let them know that you have these symptoms, so they can make necessary arrangements to prevent potential further spread to others."

Moreover, folks who haven't received two doses of the MMR vaccine for measles are urged to contact their GP during regular office hours to determine if they need a jab. The HSE chimed in: "The best way to protect yourself and those around you against measles is by MMR vaccination. Children should receive their first dose of MMR vaccine at one year of age and a second dose in junior infants at 4-5 years of age."

"There is also a free catch-up MMR option via participating GPs for those who may have missed their vaccination when younger."

Further details on measles can be found at: https://www2. hse.ie/conditions/measles/. The Birmingham Mail has reached out to Ryanair for a statement.