Now that the festival season is almost here, Knowsley’s Public Health team is advising young festival goers to make sure they’re up to date with their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jabs.
Recently, there’s been an increase in measles and mumps cases across England, particularly in young people and children. Mass gathering events like festivals can be hot spots for measles and mumps as they present the perfect opportunity for the infection to spread.
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can sometimes lead to serious complications. It can be more severe in teenagers and adults than in children.
Two doses of the MMR vaccine offer the best protection against measles and mumps. So young people aged 15-25 who thinks they may have missed out on the MMR vaccine when they were younger are asked to check if they are up to date with their GP practice.
If you have symptoms of measles, stay at home and phone your GP or NHS 111 for advice.
For further information, visit the NHS official website and search “measles”