We can’t bring this outbreak to an end unless the parents of unvaccinated children either arrange vaccination with their GP, call into one of the weekend drop-in sessions or ensure that if their child attends a school where vaccinations are being offered, they have signed a consent form for them to be vaccinated.
As children return to school after the Easter holidays, the opportunities for measles to spread increase. Now is the time to vaccinate your children.
– Dr Marion Lyons, Director of Health Protection, Public Health Wales
Wales' Health Minister says he "remains concerned" about the measles outbreak, and anticipates that the number of cases "will continue to rise over the coming weeks."
In a written statement, Mark Drakeford reiterated the calls of public health officials for as many people as possible to have MMR vaccinations.
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board begins vaccination clinics in schools in Swansea tomorrow, and Mr Drakeford said other health boards will also be offering catch-up clinics targeting schools with low vaccine uptake.
He said: "The Welsh Government, Public Health Wales and the Health Boards will continue to take all necessary and appropriate measures to reduce the impact of the outbreak as far as possible."
The latest figures on the number of cases in the outbreak are due later today. Last week they reached 693.
Parents flocked to drop-in MMR clinics across south Wales yesterday, as the measles outbreak continues.
Over 1,700 MMRs were given in the second weekend of clinics across Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot and Bridgend, with queues starting over an hour before clinics opened.
I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to have their MMR. The number of cases and people being hospitalised with measles is continuing to rise and we can only stop it by protecting those we can against it.
Measles is a horrible disease and can have long term effects such as deafness and blindness. This is why we are offering first vaccinations early to babies aged 6 months to one year. It’s also very important for older children and adults born after 1970 to make sure they have had two MMRs.
– Dr Sara Hayes, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board say further clinics will be held next weekend as well as rolling out a schools campaign starting with five comprehensive schools in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.
Around 200 at the first clinics at Cardiff Royal Infirmary and University Hospital Llandough.
Aneurin Bevan Health Board also held clinics in Newport and Ystrad Mynach.