So you’re off to a festival in the UK and possibly the last thing on your mind is whether your immunisations are up to date. But you are going to be in close proximity to thousands of people, especially if you are planning on spending any time in a mosh pit or dance tent. There are vaccines available for measles and the most common types of meningitis, two serious infections which we know have been transmitted at festivals.
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If you are have not had at least two doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine you are not protected against measles, so seek advice from your GP before setting off for the festival.
For protection against four different types (A, C, W and Y) of meningococcal infection, it is important to have one dose of MenACWY before you reach 19 years of age. This immunization was introduced in the UK in 2015, replacing the meningitis C vaccine and most teenagers were offered catch up injections if they were not in the right age groups at the time it was introduced. Again if you have not had it, please seek advice from your GP surgery.
If you are unlucky enough to catch an infectious disease while at a festival, the signs and symptoms may not appear until you are back home. Again it is very important to seek prompt medical advice if you feel unwell and particularly if you develop any kind of a rash!