Parents flocked to drop-in MMR clinics across south Wales yesterday, as the measles outbreak continues.
Over 1,700 MMRs were given in the second weekend of clinics across Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot and Bridgend, with queues starting over an hour before clinics opened.
I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to have their MMR. The number of cases and people being hospitalised with measles is continuing to rise and we can only stop it by protecting those we can against it.
Measles is a horrible disease and can have long term effects such as deafness and blindness. This is why we are offering first vaccinations early to babies aged 6 months to one year. It’s also very important for older children and adults born after 1970 to make sure they have had two MMRs.
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board say further clinics will be held next weekend as well as rolling out a schools campaign starting with five comprehensive schools in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.
Around 200 at the first clinics at Cardiff Royal Infirmary and University Hospital Llandough.
Aneurin Bevan Health Board also held clinics in Newport and Ystrad Mynach.
2013 is expected to be the worst year for measles in the UK for the past two decades. Read more about the illness and how it is treated.
If the Government's top adviser on immunisation thinks the risk of an emergency in England is a possibility, I believe him.