Music fans warned to get vaccinated ahead of festivals

Written by on 26th May 2018

Music festival-goers are being warned to make sure they have had their measles jab amid concerns about possible outbreaks of the highly infectious disease.

Public Health England (PHE) said young people in “close-mixing environments such as festivals are more at risk” of contracting the potentially fatal condition.

As the summer music festival season ramps up, PHE said it would be issuing regular alerts with this bank holiday weekend alone, Slam Dunk and The Biggest Weekend taking place.

In the first three months of 2018, the region had 71 recorded cases – more than three times the number as the same period last year, according to PHE where there were 25 cases in the start of 2017.

PHE said measles is “a highly infectious viral illness” that can be very unpleasant and lead to serious complications, and in some cases death.

A spokesman for the government health body reached out those who are attending festivals across the summer. 

“Anyone who has not received two doses of MMR vaccine is at risk, but young people in environments with close mixing such as festivals are more at risk. Our advice to those 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.” – Public Health England 

Anyone who is not sure if they are fully vaccinated can check with their GP practice who should be able to advise.

People should seek immediate medical attention if they suspect infection, and are being asked not to attend festivals if they experience any symptoms. 

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