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Measles summer show alert

 
Created on 18/07/2016 @ 05:53
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Youngsters in the area planning to attend big festivals and other summer gatherings like shows are being warned by Public Health Wales to ensure they are fully vaccinated against measles.

The warning follows recent cases of measles in Wales linked to the Glastonbury music festival.

Crowds of people provide the perfect environment for infectious diseases like measles to circulate, but two doses of the safe and effective MMR vaccine offers protection.

Measles is a serious and highly contagious viral disease that can cause complications and can even prove fatal.

Dr Christopher Johnson, Acting Consultant in Health Protection, said: “Music festivals are an exciting part of the summer months for many young adults, and it would be a shame for the experience to be spoiled by falling ill with a disease that could have been prevented.

“If you have not received two doses of MMR and attend large events, you are at risk of contracting measles. People around you may not have any symptoms, but could still be infectious.

“We’re urging anyone planning to attend a festival to check if they have received the MMR vaccine. Vaccination is free on the NHS by arranging an appointment with your GP, and it’s never too late to catch up on missed doses.”

Children should receive their first dose of the vaccine at 12 months of age and the second at around three years and four months of age, but older children and adults can receive the vaccination at any time.

Many people who catch measles will have a fever, cough, red eyes, and blocked nose and feel generally unwell. The blotchy rash appears a few days later beginning on the face and spreading downwards to the rest of the body over several days.

More information about measles is available from the Public Health Wales website: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/page.cfm?orgId=457&pid=25444

 

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