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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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MMR vaccination numbers reach highest level yet

Health chiefs at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board say 1,800 people were vaccinated at the area's four drop-in MMR clinics today – the highest number so far.

The full numbers are:

  • Princess of Wales Hospital: 727
  • Neath Port Talbot Hospital: 455
  • Morriston Hospital: 341
  • Singleton Hospital: 302

Many of the 1,825 given MMR jabs were older schoolchildren, teenagers and young adults - the target age group for vaccines.

I’m really pleased. We have seen a steady flow of people throughout the day; and I’m particularly delighted to see a higher number of older children and teenagers come through the door, as they are our main target group.

I’m also impressed with how smoothly the clinics are running. Our staff are working very efficiently and for most of the day there have been very few queues. After the initial rush, many people have arrived and either been seen straight away or waited just 10 or 15 minutes.

– Sara Hayes, Director of Public Health at ABMU

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Reports: Swansea man died from 'suspected measles'

It is reported that a 25 year old man found dead at a flat on Port Tennant Road in Swansea yesterday died from 'suspected' measles.

South Wales Police have confirmed that the death is not being treated as suspicious and that officers are awaiting the results of a post mortem examination.

Public Health Wales have told ITV News that they will be releasing a statement 'shortly.'

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Measles virus expected to spread further at schools

Thousands of people have gone to MMR vaccination clinics over the last two weekends.

Public Health Wales says vaccinations are being offered to parents in Swansea "on a scale never seen before."

It says the measles virus has continued to circulate and spread among children in the easter holidays, and is expected to spread further among those susceptible now they are back at school.

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Measles cases in every part of Wales

Public Health Wales says there are now cases of measles in every health board area in Wales.

Dr Marion Lyons, Director of Health Protection, says "we have no way of knowing where the outbreak might spread."

The outbreak has centred on the Swansea and Neath Port Talbot area.

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

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Health Minister: Measles cases 'will continue to rise'

Mark Drakeford became the new Welsh Government Health Minister last month.

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.

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Public Health Wales release figures for number of children unvaccinated

Percentage of children unvaccinated in Swansea Credit: Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Firgures from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board show that more than 10% of children aged 11 to 16 in Swansea have not had both MMR vaccinations.

Percentage of children unvaccinated in Monmouthshire Credit: Aneurin Bevan Health Board

The number of children unvaccinated in Monmouthshire are also higher than the all-Wales average. More than 15% of children aged between 11 and 18 years old have not received both MMR vaccines.

More children in Powys, Newport, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire have unvaccinated than the national average.

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More details released on measles cases

Public Health Wales have published more details of the number of cases of measles in an outbreak centred on Swansea.

The data shows that the number of cases has risen rapidly in February and March.

It also shows that children aged between 10 and 14 years old are the most at risk.

Notifications of measles in Wales by week Credit: Public Health Wales
Notifications of measles in Wales by age Credit: Public Health Wales
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