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Measles outbreak in Wirral

Ahead of a measles outbreak in Wirral, music festival-goers are being warned to make sure they have had their measles jab.

Young people are most at risk and in close-mixing environments such as festivals, the risk is even higher.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and lead to serious complications, and in some cases death. Anyone who has not received two doses of MMR vaccine is at risk.

So, the advice to anyone planning to attend festivals this summer is to make sure you’re up to date with all your vaccinations, especially the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.

If you’re not sure if they are fully vaccinated, you should check with their GP practice who can advise you.

Signs of the measles virus can include cold-like symptoms, sore red eyes, a high temperature, or a red-brown blotchy rash.

People should seek immediate medical attention if they suspect infection, and contact their GP so disease controls and infection prevention can be organised. Do not attend a festival if you are experiencing symptoms.