Measles outbreak in South Wales

Due to a small outbreak of measles linked to a Newport school, Cardiff and Vale UHB is urging parents to ensure their children have received two doses of the MMR vaccine.

Public Health Wales is currently investigating an outbreak of measles in Newport.

It is therefore important to ensure children and young people are adequately protected against measles by having two doses of MMR vaccine, which is free, safe and effective, and available from your GP.

The largest ever outbreak of measles in Wales since the introduction of the MMR vaccination was in South West Wales between November 2012 and July 2013 which saw more than 1,200 cases of measles in the same area with 88 people hospitalised and one death.

Dr Tom Porter, Consultant in Public Health Medicine in Cardiff and Vale said: “We know that around 1 in 7 children and young people in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan are currently not fully protected against measles. We would urge parents to check that their children have had two doses of MMR and, if not, to contact your GP surgery to make an appointment for vaccination.”