Pupils and staff take up MMR jab offer at school
AROUND 70 pupils in a Swansea Valley school have now had the MMR jab after being shown the way by their teachers.
Health professionals visited Cwmtawe Comprehensive, in Pontardawe, as part of Neath Port Talbot Council's School Immunisation Programme against measles, in partnership with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.
Assistant head teacher, Steve Dellow said: "It has been a topic of concern but we have inoculations every year.
"Any pupils who are on the database and haven't had the MMR inoculations done privately, or when younger, are having them here today.
"It was a choice for parents but they all shared our concerns, wanting to safeguard and look after the wellbeing of their children."
Mr Dellow, who said that no pupil from Cwmtawe had contacted measles of late, added: "I didn't have it myself when I was younger so I also had it today.
"We offered it to all our staff and 15 members took the opportunity to get inoculated." Meanwhile, the pupils who had the jab said that it was nowhere near as bad as some thought it might be.
Amisha Price, 15, from Ystalyfera, said: "I'm really worried about having measles so I'm glad that the school has done this for us to save us going to the doctor."
Elliot Campisi, 12, of Bryncoch, said: "I was a little bit nervous before hand but it was all right. It was just in and out. really.
The school gave us a letter to take home and my mother said yeah. I don't want to catch measles."
Grace Cosovic, 12, of Glais, said: "I was a bit nervous but it was ok, just a bit of a pinch.
"I have been following the news and I didn't want to catch measles."
And Brandon John, 13, of Pontardawe, said: "I was a little bit worried beforehand but I didn't feel anything."
He added: "I didn't have the MMR jab when I was young."