THE number of confirmed measles cases has risen in Wirral as residents are being urged to get vaccinated.

Last week, there were five confirmed cases in the borough but this total has now risen to eight - with nine possible cases.

Public Health England (PHE) are again urging the public to ensure that they have had two doses of the MMR vaccine to protect themselves against the disease.

This latest measles outbreak has involved children and young adults who have not been vaccinated.

Starting with cold-like symptoms that develop about 10 days after becoming infected, measles is more commonly associated with a rash which follows a few days later.

For most people, the illness lasts around 7 to 10 days but for some complications which follow the illness can be long-lasting.

Cabinet member of adult care and health Cllr Jones said: “Getting yourself and your children vaccinated with MMR vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect against measles.

“It 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.”

Any parents who are unsure whether their child has received or is up-to-date with their vaccines should check their child’s ‘Red Book’ or check with your GP surgery.

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.