MMR vaccination clinics are being held in Cardiff and Llandough this weekend as a precautionary measure in light of the measles outbreak in Swansea. Public health officials say there is no outbreak in the area and that the clinics are a sensible precaution given the 620 cases seen in Wales to date.
These clinics are for children and teenagers from Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan who have not had two MMR jabs. We have not seen a local outbreak in the Cardiff and Vale area yet but it is important that children and teenagers have both jabs given how serious the risks are from measles.
We estimate around 13,000 children under 19 have not had two MMRs and are not adequately protected and would urge parents to take up this opportunity or to contact their GP to make an appointment locally
The clinics will be held on Saturday from 10am until 4pm at Cardiff Royal Infirmary and at the Children’s Centre at Llandough. No appointment is necessary.
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