- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
- Category: Press Releases
MMR is vital says AM
Mike Hedges AM fully supports the call from Public Health Wales and Hywel Dda University Health Board reminding parents and young adults of the importance of MMR vaccine following an outbreak of measles in Carmarthenshire. Mike says “Measles should not be thought of as a childhood disease but as something that can produce life changing complications affecting hearing and sight; also in extreme cases death”
There have been nine cases of confirmed measles infection in the Carmarthenshire area in the last month, six of whom are directly linked to an individual who contracted the infection at the Green Gathering festival in Chepstow.
Since the beginning of July, there have also been measles cases in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Powys and some cases are very close to the border of Ceredigion.
All cases have links to festivals in England and Wales, leading Public Health Wales to issue warnings over the summer that people should not attend big events without checking they and their children are up to date with MMR vaccination.