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Welsh measles outbreak spreading at ‘alarming rate'

Parents in Wales have been urged to take their children to their GP to get the MMR jab, if they have not had it yet, after the number of cases in an outbreak centred on Swansea soared to 432.

Cases have doubled in the past three weeks, up from just over 200 at the beginning of March, with 116 cases reported in the past week alone, Public Health Wales reported.

The latest figures have heightened concerns that unvaccinated children are increasingly likely to come into contact with the virus. Cases are expected to continue to rise for some time yet and could reach 1,000 by the end of April.

Dr Marion Lyons, director of health protection at Public Health Wales, said: ‘Measles is now spreading at an alarming rate across areas of Wales. Worryingly there are still tens of thousands of susceptible children across Wales, yet our weekly monitoring of vaccination rates shows only a slight increase in numbers receiving MMR jabs.

‘If the numbers of parents bringing their children for MMR jabs does not dramatically increase, measles will continue to spread and quickly reach levels last seen in the outbreak in Dublin in 1999/2000. In that outbreak over 1,200 children were infected and three died.’

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  • Surely it must be the triple vaccine that deters the parents from bringing their children in to get immunized. Can't you make a monovalent vaccine available? Also reveal how many children have had to be hospitalized, got complications or even died. Tell people to bring their child in on the day of exposure, since the vaccine virus works if given immediately; and make the product available on an emergency basis. Also, parents have to be aware that it's only unimmunized children that are getting the disease. Can't the vaccine be made compulsory for school or day care admission (even though this is a bit late)?

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  • Simple solution:make the parents pay for any complications that follow and make the media financially liable for scaremongering.That way the NHS recoups its costs and it creates a sense of social responsibility.One needs to remove this inbuilt moral hazard where the tax payer keeps forking out for others actions/omissions.The same principle applies to other groups as well:drug addicts,those with COPD or vascular disease who keep on smoking etc.Of course nothing will change because what else do you expect under a marxist system where everyone has rights but none of the responsibities?

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