Infectious diseases

RCPCH Webinar: Measles – an update

In this topical webinar, Dr Elizabeth Whittaker, Professor Shamez Ladhani and Nalini Iyanger will provide an essential update on measles in children, ahead of an outbreak.


  • Dr Elizabeth Whittaker
  • Professor Shamez Ladhani
  • Nalini Iyanger
  • Dr Alison Kent

Date of Recording

February 28, 2024

Available Until

February 27, 2025

Key messages:

1) Measles epidemic in England and London - UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)

2) How to clinically diagnose measles

3) Differential diagnosis for measles

4) Management of measles in a hospital setting

5) Recommended actions for vulnerable groups (infants under one year, pregnant women and immunocompromised)

6) Measles vaccination – what you need to know

7) How to notify and public health actions for vulnerable and susceptible contacts – UKHSA

8) Infection prevention and control (IPC) and personal protective equipment (PPE)

9) Occupational health reminders for staff

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  • Dr Elizabeth Whittaker

    Paediatric Infectious Diseases Consultant Chairperson | British Paediatric Allergy Infection and Immunity Group (BPAIIG)

    Dr Liz Whittaker is Senior Clinical Lecturer in paediatric infectious diseases and immunology. She divides her time between Imperial College London and the Department of Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, St. Marys Hospital, London where she is a Consultant.

  • Professor Shamez Ladhani

    Professor of Paediatrics Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology within the Institute for Infection and Immunity | A Paediatric Infectious Disease Consultant at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust | Consultant Epidemiologist for the UK Health Security Agency

    Professor Shamez Ladhani PhD MRCPCH(UK) MSc(distinction) MBBS(hons) BSc(hons) is a paediatric infectious diseases consultant at St. George’s Hospital, a professor in paediatric infectious diseases and vaccinology at St. George’s University of London and consultant epidemiologist at UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), where he is the clinical lead for a number of national vaccine preventable infections. He completed his medical training at Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Hospitals, London, and his specialist paediatric infectious diseases training at St. George’s and Great Ormond Street Hospitals, London.

  • Nalini Iyanger

    Consultant in Health Protection

    North West London HPT UKHSA

  • Dr Alison Kent

    Locum Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

    I am a paediatric infectious diseases (PID) consultant at St Mary’s Hospital looking after children with unusual and severe infections and providing advice to referring hospitals across a large geographocal area. I have recently analysed data from the national survey of Group A streptococcal respiratory infections and complications during the 2022/23 iGAS surge. In addition to my PID training in London I have worked in Tanzania providing clinical care and conducting research on severe infections. I completed my MD(res) on optimising pneumococcal vaccination schedules in infants at St George’s, University of London.

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