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Measles outbreak: mother urges people to get their children vaccinated

Olivia contracted measles at just seven months old - before she was eligible for the jab, Photo: ITV News

A young mother from Chester is urging parents to get their children vaccinated against measles - after her own baby fell ill.

Sian Cartwright's daughter Olivia contracted the disease when she was just 7 months old.

She was so poorly, doctors believed she might have scarlet fever.

Olivia developed the measles rash at 7 months old. Credit: Sian Cartwright

Olivia was under one year old at the time she contracted the disease, so was not yet eligible for the jab.

But her mother says that if others had being protected, her daughter would have been spared the illness.

At the end of the day, she would never have got measles if everybody was vaccinated, so I know first hand the damage you do when you don't get protected.

– Sian Cartwright
The measles rash appears around 2 to 4 days after the initial symptoms and normally fades after about a week. Credit: Sian Cartwright

The warning comes after a major outbreak hit the region with 37 cases across Cheshire, Liverpool and Greater Manchester

People are being urged to check they're vaccinated for measles. Credit: PA
Olivia's illness began with cold-like symptoms. Credit: ITV News

Public Health England has launched an awareness campaign - where parents of children who have not been fully vaccinated are being urged to do so as soon as possible.

Children and young adults who missed out on their MMR vaccine in the past or are unsure if they had 2 doses should contact their GP practice to catch-up.

– DR MARY RAMSAY, HEAD OF IMMUNISATION AT PHE