Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1308)

John Curran


1308. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the actions that have been taken to reduce the spread of measles and the risk of Ireland losing its measles-free status (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36576/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I have recently announced my intention to establish a Vaccination Alliance of policy makers, healthcare professionals and patient advocates to examine vaccine hesitancy, the reasons behind it and what we can do to combat it. I also intend to travel to the Global Vaccination Summit later this month to discuss the issue with my European colleagues.

The HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) is responsible for the surveillance of notifiable infectious diseases such as measles. As the Deputy’s question relates to a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply.