Rosary Catholic Primary School

Rosary Catholic Primary School
Rosary Catholic Primary School

“Very exciting... you have fun here!”
- Alejandro

“We respect each other like a family”
- Megan

“Coming here will give you a good education ..it is an amazing school”
- Charlotte

“The Rosary School is a fantastic place... It's a peaceful paradise for learning”
- Laurance

“When I joined in Y1 everyone was accepting and made me feel welcome”
- Abraham

“I don't want to leave because of the great memories I have made here”
- Hannah

“Everyone treats each other like an equal”
- Grace

“We are like one big family, who achieve the best!”
- Toby

“..you achieve high levels and get lots of support”
- Findlay

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Measles Cases Confirmed in Gloucestershire

 The school has received the following information from Public Health England

Confirmed cases of measles in Gloucestershire

We would like to inform you that there have been a number of confirmed cases of measles in the Gloucestershire area, some of whom are school pupils. Measles is a disease which spreads very easily. People with measles can get a cough, runny nose, rash and fever.

Measles can be serious, particularly for people whose immune system is not working normally. The best way to prevent measles is by getting the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccination.

Public Health England (PHE) is asking parents to check that they and their children have received two doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine and to be aware of the signs and symptoms of measles, following notification of 8 confirmed, 12 probable and 5 possible cases of measles in children and young adults in the Gloucestershire area.

Parents are also being asked to remain vigilant for signs and symptoms of measles and keep themselves or children away from nursery, school or work if they display symptoms. You should stay off work or school for four days after the typical measles rash has developed.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications.

Most people recover from measles after around 7 -10 days but sometimes it can lead to serious complications and it is estimated that around 1 in every 5,000 people with measles will die as a result of the infection

People with measles are infectious for four days before the rash first appears until four days after. Cases are no longer infectious on day five after the rash appears. The red-brown blotchy rash usually starts on the head or upper neck, before spreading outwards to the rest of the body.

Before the rash comes out, the initial symptoms of measles develop between seven and eighteen days after exposure to an infected person, but it can take longer. These include:

Cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, sneezing, and a cough

Sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light

High temperature (fever), which may reach around 40C

Koplik spots (small red spots with bluish-white centres) inside the mouth

A general feeling of being unwell

Some groups of people are especially vulnerable to measles and can have a severe form of the disease:

Immunocompromised people (people whose immune systems are not working properly- for example people receiving chemotherapy,  or who have received a transplant, or have a blood cancer or HIV)

pregnant women

unimmunised children aged under 12 months

healthcare workers (this is because health care workers are not themselves at risk but have the potential to be in contact with vulnerable people).

Anyone who is vulnerable as outlined above, and comes into contact with a suspected case, should contact their doctor or Public Health England on 0300 303 8162 option 1 option 2 as they may benefit from urgent protective treatment.

We understand that some people may have previously been reluctant to have their children immunised with MMR. However, in light of this current situation and the increased risk to unvaccinated children and to the vulnerable groups of people above, we would urge them to reconsider this.

For further information about measles, please visit

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/measles/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Information about the MMR vaccine can be found by visiting http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/mmr-vaccine.aspx