Protecting Your Health

Protecting Your Health

Health Protection

We have a duty to protect residents from single cases of infectious disease, incidents and outbreaks, and non-infectious environmental hazards such as chemicals and radiation. We work with Public Health England to keep residents safe from infections.

More information about Public Health England and what they do.

You can also help us help you be protected from spread of infection but reading the NHS infection control and winter readiness packs.

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

Anyone can get measles if they haven’t been vaccinated or they haven’t had it before, although it’s most common in young children.

The initial symptoms of measles develop around 10 days after you’re infected.

These can include:

  • cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, sneezing, and a cough
  • sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light
  • a high temperature (fever), which may reach around 40C (104F)
  • small greyish-white spots on the inside of the cheeks

A few days later, a red-brown blotchy rash will appear. This usually starts on the head or upper neck, before spreading outwards to the rest of the body.

Protect yourself, protect others

This leaflet gives information about measles, and the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.

Vaccine in pregnancy: advice for pregnant women

Guidance for health professionals to share with pregnant women immunised with MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), chickenpox or shingles vaccines.

Public Health England: music festivals ‘are measles hotspots’

Music festivals including Glastonbury have become a hotbed of measles this summer, Public Health England has warned,” BBC News reports. The public health body have called on young people to check their vaccination status before attending an event. Public Health England (PHE) say there have been 38 suspected measles cases reported in people who attended events in June and July. As there are a number of big musical festivals coming up, such as the Reading Festival, there are concerns that there could be further outbreaks.


Screening identifies whether people have an increased risk of a particular condition, even though they may seem to be healthy. The NHS offers a range of screening tests for different sections of the population.

Further information on all screening programmes can be found on NHS Choices.

Tick bite risks and prevention of Lyme disease: resources

Toolkit and resources for local authorities and other stakeholders to raise awareness of the potential risks created by ticks and tick-borne disease in England.

Vaccinations for Flu

Having a flu vaccination each year is the best way of protecting yourself against flu. It also prevents flu from spreading within your family and in the wider community. Millions of people who are at highest risk are eligible for free vaccines. These include:

  • Adults over 65
  • Pregnant women
  • Children aged 2 and 3 as well as pupils in reception class and school years 1 to 4
  • People with long-term health conditions (including asthma, COPD and cardiovascular issues)
  • Many front-line health and social care staff

Protect yourself and prevent flu spreading. To get your vaccine or find out if you are eligible for a free vaccination, contact your GP, pharmacist, midwife or employer.

Visit the national NHS Stay Well page and local Stay Well in Dorset website for more details on how to help you and your family to stay well this winter.

Emergency Planning

We also have a role in protecting residents when an emergency planning situation happens. We are part of the Dorset Resilience Forum which is group made up of councils and the emergency services who work together to make sure Dorset is safe should an emergency happen.