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Parents urged to protect children from measles after epidemic

Parents are being urged to use the Easter break to arrange potentially life-saving measles protection for their children.A measles epidemic centred on Swansea has underlined the need for protection.

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

There is increasing concern that pleas for thousands of unvaccinated children to be given the MMR jab are not being acted on.

Health experts in Wales warn that take-up the jab is far too slow, putting lives at risk at the height of an epidemic.Public Health Wales (PHW) warned this week that measles was spreading "at an alarming rate".