Skeptic News: Measles : Vaccination call after south west Wales outbreak

Close up of a measles rashFrom: BBC News

People who may be at risk of measles are being urged to have the MMR vaccine following an outbreak in south west Wales.

There have been a reported 189 cases of the infection in Swansea and Neath-Port Talbot since November, more than the whole of Wales in the past three years.

Doctors say anybody who is not sure whether they have had measles or been vaccinated should have the MMR jab.

They said there is no upper age limit for the vaccine.

The outbreak so far only affects the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board area, where 32 secondary schools, primary schools and nurseries are affected.

Public Health Wales estimates there are more than 8,500 schoolchildren at risk of measles in the area.

Children who have not had the MMR vaccine will be at most risk many children missed the vaccine in the wake of the now-discredited 1998 report linking the MMR jab and autism when the vaccination rate dropped from 90% to 80%. It is now back to around 92%. Children should receive the first dose of the vaccine at 12 to 13 months of age and the second at three years and four months of age.

Measles can kill and one of the best things you can do to ensure your children are safe from this potentially deadly disease is to vaccinate them.

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