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FFP3 Mask Fit Testing in Preston at Fatima Health Centre

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With an outbreak of measles anticipated in the coming weeks, it is essential that any clinical staff have access to the correct PPE. Measles is highly contagious and is transmitted via airborne transmission and therefore any clinician seeing suspected or confirmed measles needs to wear appropriate PPE, including the FFP3 mask. It is an HSE legal requirement that FFP3 masks are correctly fit tested. This applies to all, regardless of vaccination status as we have seen breakthrough infections with clinical staff in earlier outbreaks.

Those who have had no MMR doses and those who are immunosuppressed are most vulnerable and should be prioritised for FFP3 fit testing or, better, deployed away from risk of communicable disease. Vulnerable groups include unvaccinated individuals, pregnant women, immunocompromised patients and the chronically ill.