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Director of Public Health urges parents to check children's MMR status as Measles cases rise in Gwent.

Public health officials believe that measles is spreading in the community in Gwent with 9 cases of measles now confirmed.


Prof Tracy Daszkiewicz, Executive Director for Public Health at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board said:

“I would ask all parents in Gwent to ensure that their children have received their MMR vaccinations at the appropriate age – that is, the first dose at around 12 months with the second booster dose at around three years and four months old.   However, if your child has not yet had the MMR vaccine, they can still come forward for their vaccine. It is never too late to be vaccinated.

“It is very easy for parents to check their child’s vaccination status, they can look at their red book, or visit their local health board’s website. If they live in Gwent, they can call the vaccination team on 0300 303 1373 to arrange an MMR vaccine.

“I also encourage people to be aware of the early symptoms which include; a high temperature, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis (painful, red eyes) and sometimes small white spots on the inside of the mouth. Should you suspect Measles, stay at home and contact your GP for an urgent appointment or call 111.”

For further information on the recent outbreak please visit First evidence of measles spreading in the community, as cases rise in Gwent outbreak. - Public Health Wales (