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'Record' MMR jabs for 2-year-olds

Almost 2,500 doses of MMR have been given in GP surgeries in Wales in the last week, according to Public Health Wales.

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School MMR sessions replace drop-ins in Cardiff & Vale

Schools in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan will also hold MMR vaccination catch-up sessions, in an attempt to make sure children between 10 and 19 are protected against measles.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board says it has emerged, after last weekend's clinics at Cardiff Royal Infirmary and University Hospital Llandough, that many parents "are still not recognising the implications" for older children.

It is not planning to hold any more weekend clinics, saying "they are not the most effective way of targeting the children and young people most at risk".

Our aim is to prevent the outbreak coming to Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan so we need to focus our attention and resources on vaccinating those children and young people who missed vaccination as part of the routine childhood immunisation programme.

Many of children and young people in the 10-19 year-old age group are still not protected against measles.

This is why we are targeting our resources on those activities we believe will deliver the most beneficial results, rather than delivering further open access clinics.

– Fiona Kinghorn, Consultant in Public Health, Cardiff and Vale Public Health Team

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