Port Talbot drop-in clinic for measles jabs

4 April 2013


A SPECIAL drop-in clinic for MMR jabs is being held in Port Talbot on Saturday in response to the continuing measles outbreak.anhs

The clinic will be open between 10am and 4pm in the children’s assessment unit at Neath Port Talbot Hospital. No appointment is necessary.“We are targeting children and adolescents who have not had their scheduled MMR jabs, but no-one will be turned away, including adults,” said a spokeswoman for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.“Measles is a nasty virus that can lead to serious complications, and in rare cases can be fatal. We urge all parents to ensure their child has had their MMR vaccinations.”

Public Health Wales is emphasising the critical need for children to have the MMR vaccination as the number of cases in the outbreak centred on Swansea continues to rise. A total of 541 cases have now been confirmed since the outbreak started in November – 109 cases in the past week alone.

Dr Sara Hayes, ABMU’s director of public health, said: “We would really encourage parents to bring children to these drop-in clinics.

“There are thousands of children in our area who have missed their scheduled MMR jabs, and this is a real opportunity for them to be given protection from measles during this outbreak.

“We welcome parents to these clinics, and want to stress that we are not in any way judgemental about why their children may have missed the MMR in the past. The important thing is that they get the jab now.”

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