Public Health Wales say the recent increase in children receiving the MMR vaccine needs to continue if the outbreak is to be brought under control.
Dr Marion Lyons, Director of Health Protection for Public Health Wales, said “the response to the special vaccination clinics held in the Swansea area over the weekend was excellent, with a total of 1,726 children vaccinated."
We are delighted to see parents responding so positively to the outbreak and understanding that measles can be a severe illness and two doses of MMR is the only protection.
However we know that around 6,000 children in the Swansea area alone are still not fully vaccinated against measles, and we cannot be confident that the outbreak will not continue to grow with so many children still at risk from this very contagious and potentially fatal disease.
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