There has been a rush to visit vaccination clinics in South Wales this weekend for the measles, mumps and rubella jab (MMR), due to a spate of measles outbreaks.
Emergency clinics in South Wales were inundated with nearly twice the number of people expected, with nearly 1,200 being given the jab.
Health chiefs are trying to contain the outbreak, which is currently infecting up to 20 people per day. Public Health Wales has said: “‘It is only a matter of time before someone suffers brain damage or deafness from contracting measles since 60 people have so far been admitted to hospital”, reports The Times.
Parents are being actively urged to visit their GP if they haven’t already and children in the area will be vaccinated when they return to school after the Easter break, next week.
The South Wales area has been badly affected with 600 people having been infected with measles since autumn. This is potentially due to research being published some time ago about a possible link between the MMR jab and autism. The research has since been discredited.
The World Health Organisation says that at least 95% of people should be vaccinated in order to stop the virus spreading.
The claims about the jab potentially contributing towards autism in children meant that many parents chose not vaccinate their children. Cases of measles in England and Wales are now at their highest levels for 18 years.
The Department of Health has stated categorically there is no link between the MMR jab and autism, and recommends that all babies have the MMR jab in full, to help prevent outbreaks of measles.
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