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Measles message for parents

Parents in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan are urged to ensure that their children are vaccinated with two doses of MMR, especially if they are planning on visiting Europe over the summer or attending festivals in the UK.

There has recently been an increase in the number of confirmed cases of measles in South East Wales, with an outbreak of measles in Newport. The strain of measles identified in the outbreak is the same one that has been responsible for a large outbreak of the infection across Europe over the last few months.

We know that a number of young people in the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan area have not had two doses of MMR vaccination and are therefore at high risk of catching measles if they are exposed to it.

Measles is highly infectious and is generally spread from person to person by coughs and sneezes.

About 1 in 5 children with measles can experience serious complications such as ear infections, pneumonia or meningitis. One in 10 children with measles ends up in hospital and in rare cases it can be fatal.

MMR vaccination is the best means of providing protection against measles. If children have not had the full course of two MMR vaccines, they may not be fully protected.

We urge parents whose children have not received two doses of MMR to contact their GP surgery to arrange this quick, safe and effective vaccine.

More information on measles and the MMR vaccine can be found on the NHS Direct Wales website at www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk

 

Parents in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan are urged to ensure that their children are vaccinated with two doses of MMR, especially if they are planning on visiting Europe over the summer or attending festivals in the UK.

There has recently been an increase in the number of confirmed cases of measles in South East Wales, with an outbreak of measles in Newport. The strain of measles identified in the outbreak is the same one that has been responsible for a large outbreak of the infection across Europe over the last few months.

We know that a number of young people in the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan area have not had two doses of MMR vaccination and are therefore at high risk of catching measles if they are exposed to it.

Measles is highly infectious and is generally spread from person to person by coughs and sneezes.

About 1 in 5 children with measles can experience serious complications such as ear infections, pneumonia or meningitis. One in 10 children with measles ends up in hospital and in rare cases it can be fatal.

MMR vaccination is the best means of providing protection against measles. If children have not had the full course of two MMR vaccines, they may not be fully protected.

We urge parents whose children have not received two doses of MMR to contact their GP surgery to arrange this quick, safe and effective vaccine.

More information on measles and the MMR vaccine can be found on the NHS Direct Wales website at www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk

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