MEASLES AWARENESS

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 as one that has been responsible for a large outbreak of the infection accross Europe over the last few months.

We know that a number of young people in the Cardiff & 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 complicatiosn 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 who have not received two doses of MMR to contact there doctors surgery to arrange this quick, safe and effective vaccine.

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