I was going to make this a series of tweets but I think this information is important enough that it should have a more permanent place here on my blog.
If you’ve been following the news you will know that there is currently a measles epidemic centred around Swansea in south Wales.
As of today there have been 541 cases, of which at least 51 have resulted in hospitalisation. The figures have gone up by more than 100 in a week and health experts are urging parents to ensure their children receive the MMR vaccine.
Public Health Wales warn that the risk of unvaccinated children coming into contact with those already infected is “increasing every day”.
It added that it was “just a matter of time” before a child was left with serious and permanent complications, such as eye disorders, deafness or brain damage, or even dies.
The full story is here.
The following is vital information about who should be vaccinated & when if you live in or have recently been in the outbreak area. It is copied from an email I received from Public Health Wales this afternoon.
Outbreak Area: Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Llanelli
The following is guidance for those residing in or travelling to an area where there is an outbreak of measles
|Age < 6 mths||6 – 12 mths||13mths – 3 yrs 4 mths||Unvaccinated children over 3 yrs 4m and adults < 45 years||Adults > 45 years|
|No previous MMR||No Previous MMR||1 previous dose of MMR|
|No vaccination||Give one dose of MMR vaccine. Another 2 doses (at 13 months and 3-5 years) will be required in line with UK schedule.||Give one MMR and follow with 2nd dose at recommended schedule (3 yrs and 4 mths)||Bring forward second dose. There must be at least a month gap between doses. If child under 18 mths and if second dose given within 3 mths of the first give third dose at recommended schedule (3 yrs and four months)||2 doses of MMR at least 1 month apart||Are likely to be immune. However MMR can be offered|
There is a free MMR vaccination session on Saturday, 6 April from 10:00 to 16:00 BST at the Princess of Wales (Bridgend) paediatric outpatients department. It is aimed at children but jabs will be available for anyone born after 1970 and who has not had measles or been vaccinated against it.
GPs’ surgeries & clinics in & around the outbreak area also have drop-in sessions.
If you might be affected please don’t play Russian Roulette with your children’s health: please make sure they, & others around them, are protected!
Thank you for reading.
Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible
- Measles cases top 500 underlining how vital MMR jab injection now is (wales.nhs.uk)
- Wales News: Measles epidemic shows no signs of ending as cases reach 541 (walesonline.co.uk)
- Low vaccine fear in measles epidemic (bbc.co.uk)
- Parents urged to arrange life-saving MMR jabs amid measles epidemic (standard.co.uk)
- Dad’s appeal to parents over measles (bbc.co.uk)
- Measles: Warning As South Wales Cases Spread (news.sky.com)
- Vaccines and Autism Information – Do Vaccinations Cause Autism? (everydayfamily.com)