People who have not had measles before or who have not been vaccinated are susceptible to measles. Measles spreads by airborne and contact transmission and respiratory droplets. The virus remains infectious in indoor air and on surfaces up to two hours after an infected person has left the room.
Vaccines for children
Child health clinics give children the MPR vaccine that protects them against measles, mumps and rubella. The routine immunisation schedule includes two doses: The first dose is given when then child is 12 months old and the second dose is given when the child turns 6. Both vaccines are given by the child health clinic. Babies under 6 months already have antibodies to measles, passed on from their mum at birth. Vaccination is possible when the baby is six months old, if this is necessary for example due to a risk of infection.
If your child has not been vaccinated or if you need more information and you are a client of a maternity or child health clinic, please contact the clinic’s telephone service at 09 816 22800, Mon–Fri at 8:30–14:30. Pupils and students can contact the school nurse of their educational institution.
Adult, make sure you are protected!
- If you have had measles, you are now immune against it. You do not need to get vaccinated.
- If you have not had measles, two doses of the MPR vaccine will protect you well against the disease. All vaccines you have been given in Espoo since 2003 are listed in the My Kanta service if at least one vaccine has been given after 2014. If your vaccines are not listed in the My Kanta service, you may request them from your health centre. Further information about the storage of vaccine information is available on the Social and Health Services’ Archive.
- If you are unsure whether you have had measles and your vaccine information is not stored in any archives, you may ask your health centre for an additional vaccination. Getting an extra dose of the vaccine is not harmful.
- You may book a vaccination appointment online at www.espoo.fi/e-healthcentre.
If you suspect you have contracted measles, stay at home and ask for advice by phone
If you have symptoms that are common to measles, always start by calling your health centre. Stay at home while you await further instructions. This helps us prevent the disease from spreading.