Don’t hesitate – vaccinate. That’s the message from health experts to parents on the Fylde coast and young people aged under 16, to avoid a measles outbreak in the area.
There is currently a large outbreak of measles in the Merseyside region, with 260 confirmed cases.
Health experts in Lancashire are concerned for the safety of children on the Fylde coast, who have not been protected if they have not received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination.
Dr Ken Lamden, from the Cumbria and Lancashire Health Protection Unit, said: “Measles is highly infectious so we must all do everything possible to prevent the spread of it, particularly with an outbreak on our doorstep.
“The risk of an increase in cases in Lancashire is high, and the MMR vaccination is the only way to prevent measles. If parents haven’t arranged for their children to be vaccinated, it’s not too late to have the jab.
“Parents don’t realise measles is not just a case of a few spots – it can be a very serious illness.
“Symptoms include fever, cough, soreness of the eyes and a rash.
“Serious complications affect one in 15 children. These include chest infections, fits, encephalitis, and brain damage. In very serious cases, measles can kill.
“The best protection is the vaccination.”