Measles cases rise to 886

Public Health Wales has reported that the number of measles cases has risen to 886, as children have gone back to school after Easter. 25-year-old Gareth Williams died during the epidemic, it has not been confirmed whether measles was the cause.

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Report: MMR vaccines being stockpiled across UK

A nurse handles a syringe at a medical centre in Ashford, Kent Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The report comes just before the government is due to outline a nationwide strategy to combat a potential measles epidemic.

Health Secretary: Time to 'slay MMR myth'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that the "myth" surround the MMR jab must be "slayed", after health officials reported that the number of measles cases had risen to 886.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says it is time to 'slay MMR myth'. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Shamed doctor Andrew Wakefield was struck off the medical register for his discredited research which claimed to find a link between autism and the MMR vaccine.

Speaking to the Health Select Committee, Mr Hunt said: "We certainly must not think of this as something that is just happening in Wales.

"[There] is still that critical 11 to 15-year-old age group that may not have been vaccinated because they were toddlers at precisely the time when the MMR scare was so appallingly whipped up.

"I want to reassure you, we are taking this extremely seriously inside the Department of Health."

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Wales health body warns 'more MMR jabs needed'

Public Health Wales has warned that an outbreak of measles is showing "no signs of ending" and that more vaccines will need to be given, as latest figures reveal there are 78 new cases since Thursday.

Dr Marion Lyons, Director of Health Protection for Public Health Wales, said

The response from parents has been excellent, particularly in the last four weeks, and we are seeing people turn up in their thousands to drop-in clinics and GP surgeries for non-routine MMR vaccination.

There is still an urgent need to vaccinate more children if we are going to end this outbreak. The hardest hit age group is those between 10 and 18 so we would remind those young people and their parents that now is the time to be vaccinated.

We have seen in the last few days that measles can be potentially fatal and no one should be complacent about the severity of measles. It can kill but can be prevented by a simple, safe vaccine.

Health board says measles cases in Wales hits 886

Public Health Wales has reported that the number of measles cases has risen to 886, as children have gone back to school after Easter.

There have been 78 new cases since last Thursday with 80 people admitted to hospital since the start of the outbreak.

Doctors are urging people to get their kids vaccinated, as a second outbreak has emerged in the North East of England where there are already more than 200 cases.

Dr Hilary: Measles cases have 'not peaked yet'

Daybreak's Health Editor Dr Hilary Jones said that we do need to be concerned by the measles outbreaks.

Daybreak's Health Editor Dr Hilary Jones Credit: Daybreak

He said, "it hasn't reached a peak yet", with more cases to come as the children return back to school following the Easter break.

He added: "You only have to be in the same room with someone as measles and if you are not immune you will pick it up."

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Father urges parents to vaccinate their children

Craig Thomas with sons Jordan and Keiron Credit: Daybreak

A father has urged parents to ensure their children have the MMR vaccine after all three of his children were hit by the Swansea measles epidemic.

Speaking to Daybreak, Craig Thomas, 36, from Morriston, said he felt "terrible" that he did not get his children vaccinated sooner.

His 15-year-old daughter Chloe was forced to miss part of a GCSE exam because she was so ill, and his sons Jordan and Keiron now also have the disease.

Number of measles cases expected to rise

Figures published later today are expected to show a further increase in measles cases as children have gone back to school after Easter.

Doctors are urging people to get their kids vaccinated, as a second outbreak has emerged in the North East of England where there are already more than 200 cases.

A nurse handles a syringe at a medical centre Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

There are fears the disease could spread across the country.

Last week 25-year-old Gareth Williams died, although he had measles, it has not been confirmed whether the disease was the cause.

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Next round of school MMR vaccinations begins

Secondary schools in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot will be targeted in another round of school MMR vaccinations this week.

Over 1,700 pupils will be offered the jab in 10 schools across the areas.

Health experts have urged parents of pupils who have had no MMR or who need a second jab to take advantage of the school clinics.

Measles is a horrible disease and the number of cases is still growing, with the latest figure standing at 765. Children and teenagers who are not protected with MMR have a very high risk of catching measles.

MMR is a simple and safe jab which will protect them during this serious measles outbreak. I would urge parents of unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children to sign the consent form so our nurses can give them an MMR jab in school.

– Sara Hayes, Director of Public Health at ABMU

Around 3,400 people turned out to receive the MMR vaccination in the latest round of clinics in South Wales over the weekend.

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