Parents once again urged to vaccinate children, ahead of latest figures on measles outbreak in Swansea
CHILDREN with measles are paying the price for not being vaccinated against it, the head teacher of a city school affected by the outbreak has claimed.
Morriston comprehensive is one of 64 secondary and primary schools and nurseries in the region affected by the outbreak, which has seen 252 reported measles cases over recent weeks.
The school has seen 16 suspected cases reported, although head teacher Wayne Newton said no further cases had since been diagnosed.
He said: "We are keeping our fingers crossed, but we don't seem to have had any further cases.
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"We have sent letters to parents, from Public Health Wales, advising them, but I think those who haven't had the vaccine are paying the price." Another school to have been affected is Parkland school in Sketty Park, which has hosted a clinic offering the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR), the only form of protection against the virus.
And parents are once again being urged to get their children vaccinated, ahead of an expected update today on the outbreak in Swansea.
Swansea Council has also echoed the advice of Public Health Wales, which has expressed "serious concern" about the outbreak.
A spokesman said: "We would urge parents to heed the advice from Public Health Wales and get their children vaccinated.
"Parents can arrange to have the MMR vaccine through their GP.
"Public Health Wales is working with ABMU Health Board to manage the measles situation in Swansea and say that if parents believe their child may have the condition they should contact their GP."
People with measles will have a fever, rash and feel generally unwell.
Most make a full recovery, but there is a rare possibility of severe complications.