'Over 1000' Wales measles cases

The number of measles cases recorded in the Swansea outbreak - which started last November - has passed 1,000, Public Health Wales said.

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Public Health Wales urge people to receive MMR jab

The efforts to vaccinate susceptible children in the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board area have been tremendous and we are delighted to see that around half of children needing vaccination have now received the MMR.

But with around 50,000 children in the 10 to 18 age group still not vaccinated, and more than 1,000 cases now reported to us, we cannot be complacent.

While not enough children are vaccinated, this outbreak can easily spread anywhere in Wales.

Therefore we urge parents of children, and young people themselves, to take up opportunities to receive the MMR vaccine as a matter of urgency.

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

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