We are delighted to see that thanks to the efforts of health board staff and the efforts of parents, the number vaccinated with MMR has now passed 60,000.
This will undoubtedly have helped to reduce the length and severity of the current outbreak – but we remain concerned for the 33,000 children aged 10 to 18 who remain unvaccinated.
There will always be the possibility of measles outbreaks elsewhere in Wales until we reduce the numbers of unvaccinated people. If your child has missed one or both doses of MMR, do not be complacent – take action now.
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If the Government's top adviser on immunisation thinks the risk of an emergency in England is a possibility, I believe him.