Vaccinations offered to counter fresh measles epidemic in UK
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Three months after the biggest measles outbreak in Wales ended, Public Health Wales (PHW) received two new notifications of measles cases from Cwmtawe School in Neath Port Talbot. In response, more than 200 children are now being offered MMR vaccinations at the school to combat another outbreak.
Experts say that to fully combat the infection, two doses of the vaccine are needed that will provide 99% protection. PHW communicable disease control consultant Dr. Jorg Hoffmann said ‘we are obviously concerned and want to act quickly.
‘We have written today to all parents of unvaccinated children in Cwmtawe School to urge them to arrange for their children to be vaccinated.
‘[We also] urge parents of any children who become unwell with measles-like symptoms over the weekend to keep them at home and seek medical advice, and not to allow them to attend events where other children will be present.’
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board in Wales is offering parents a chance to have their kids vaccinated until next week to combat the infection. Reports say that of the 1,260 pupils enrolled in the school, 142 have received one dose while 62 have not received any.
The measles outbreak in November 2012 resulted in 1,219 notifications in the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg, Hywel Dda and Powys health board areas. Around 88 people were hospitalised during that time, and one 25-year-old died from pneumonia after getting measles.