KENDAL Calling revellers are encouraged to check if they have had a vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) after an increase of cases in young people and children across the UK.

Cumbria County Council (CCC) is supporting a drive from Public Health England reminding festival goers to ensure they are protected.

Mass gathering events like festivals are hot spots for measles and mumps as they present an opportunity for the infections to spread.

Colin Cox, CCC public health director, said: “Outbreaks of disease, especially measles, have occurred when the number of people having the vaccine has dropped.

“If you are unsure whether you have previously had the vaccine or not, you can check with your GP Practice.

"Having further doses will not cause any harm."

MMR are viral infections that can quickly spread to unprotected children and adults.

There has recently been an increase in measles and mumps cases across England, particularly in young people and children.

Dr Amanda Boardman, a GP in Cumbria, said: “This is a great initiative to encourage people who are potentially vulnerable to measles and mumps to protect themselves by ensuring that they have been immunised.

“These illnesses can spread very fast, particularly at mass gatherings such as music festivals, so people should take the opportunity to reduce their risk before they go.

“The vaccination is simple and quick to get by making an appointment at your GP Practice.”