RESIDENTS are being urged to vaccinate themselves against measles after five confirmed cases in Wirral.

Public Health England (PHE) is advising the public to ensure that they have had two doses of the MMR vaccine to protect against the disease.

Across the borough there have been five confirmed cases and six probable cases in recent weeks.

All cases have involved children and young adults who have not been vaccinated.

Cabinet member of adult care and health Cllr Chris Jones is now urging parents to ensure their children are up to date with their vaccines.

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An example of measles rash

Cllr Jones said: "Getting yourself and your children vaccinated with the MMR vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect against measles.

"It also protects against mumps and rubella, two other highly infectious conditions.

“The vaccine is quick, free and available from your GP.

"It only takes a few minutes to check but it could be potentially life-saving, for your own family and those around you.

"We’re urging people to be safe, be smart and get vaccinated.”

Parents should check their child's 'Red Book' to make sure they're up-to-date with their vaccinations, or check with the GP surgery if they’re unsure.

If you suspect you or a family member has measles, PHE advises you to:

• Stay away from school, nursery or work until five days have elapsed after the onset of a rash.

• Phone your GP or NHS 111 for advice.

• Avoid contact with people generally, but particularly babies, pregnant women and anyone who is known to have poor immunity to infection.