V Festival: Top tips to stay safe and healthy this summer

Make sure you read the PHE tips on how to keep well this summer. Picture: RAWPIXEL LTD/GETTY IMAGES/

Make sure you read the PHE tips on how to keep well this summer. Picture: RAWPIXEL LTD/GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

With the V Festival getting under way, health chiefs say it’s important to make sure you are vaccinated if you are attending major events.

Public Health England’s team in the East of England are advising young people to make sure they are up to date with immunisations including Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY).

On top of this they are urging young people to practice safe sex.

Dr Smita Kapadia, consultant in communicable disease control, PHE East of England said: “There are a number of practical things people can do to make sure they enjoy the festival season, but something people might not consider is being up to date with their MMR jabs.

“Festivals often attract large numbers of people, some of whom may not be vaccinated with MMR.

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“Last year we saw a number of measles outbreaks linked to outdoor events.

“Measles is extremely infectious and can lead to severe illness resulting in hospitalisation.

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“It is really important that children and young people have had both of their MMR jabs.”

Dr Smita Kapadia added: “We also want to remind school leavers heading off to college and university after the summer to protect themselves against potentially life threatening meningitis and septicaemia, by getting the MenACWY vaccination before they start their courses.”

Health advice from Public Health England and the NHS can be found on Twitter by following #StayWellThisSummer

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