Information for health professionals

Detailed information on the disease can be found in the guidelines of the Flemish Community and the guidelines of the French Community.

Every suspicion of measles should be confirmed by laboratory investigations, preferably PCR performed by the National Reference Centre. All information regarding correct sampling and sending of samples can be found on their website. 

Sciensano coordinates all measles data from different sources (compulsory notification, Pedisurv, Epilabo and NRC) to evaluate measles activity and thus monitors the elimination status of measles in Belgium according to WHO guidelines. Sciensano is also the National Reference Center (NRC) for measles. The Belgian Official Medicines Control Laboratory (OMCL) of Sciensano, together with the European OMCL network, is responsible for the quality control of the measles vaccine prior to marketing.

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