Waunarlwydd mum Laura Williams says two of her children have had measles despite have the MMR jab
A MUM says two of her three children have been struck down with measles despite having doses of the MMR jab.
Laura Williams of Waunarlwydd said although she had made sure four-year-old Aron was protected with both doses of the vaccine she was stunned when he broke out in spots after his 19-month-old sister Rian was diagnosed with measles.
Rian had been given the first dose of the vaccine and was in line to have the second MMR jab. Doctors say it is rare for people who have had one or either doses of the jab to have the virus — but it is possible.
Mrs Williams said: "I've got three children and two of them have caught measles even thought they have had the MMR jab.
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"Rian had it first and came out in a rash on Friday, March 7. She wasn't diagnosed with measles straight away because she'd had the first MMR jab.
"Rian has only had one dose because of her age."
She added: "Aron has had both jabs but he came out in spots on Sunday, March 10. I am surprised both of them had measles to be quite honest.
"I thought by having the jabs they would be protected."
Research shows after the first dose of the MMR vaccine, 64 out of 100 people will be protected against mumps, 90 out of 100 people will be protected against measles and 95 out of 100 people will be protected against rubella.
After the second dose, 99 out of 100 people will be protected against all three illnesses.
Dr Ian Millington, secretary of Morgannwg Local Medical Committee, added: "It is rare for people who have the jab to have measles but the virus load is so high you do get it in people who have been immunised but it's a milder form. There is no substitute for immunisation."