Children urged to get MMR jab as parents warned of suspected mumps case
Parents at a Cardiff schools have been urged to make sure their children have the MMR vaccine following a suspected case of mumps.
Public Health Wales has issued letters to parents of pupils at Radyr Comprehensive school saying they had been made aware of a possible case of mumps.
In the letter, officials advice parents to make sure their children are protected by the MMR vaccine.
Mumps is a viral illness which begins with a fever, swelling and tenderness of the salivary glands. Most people make a full recovery.
The letter, signed by Dr Gwen Lowe, a consultant in communicable disease at Public Health Wales, says: “I am writing to inform you that Public Health Wales has been notified of suspected mumps within Radyr Comprehensive School.
“We advise that any child with mumps needs to stay away from school (and other social contact) for a minimum of five days from the onset of swollen glands to try to stop the disease spreading.
“If your child has not received two doses of MMR, I would strongly recommend that you contact your GP surgery to make an appointment for them to complete the MMR vaccination.”
It comes as health officials try to increase the uptake of the vaccine in a bid to tackle the numbers of cases of measles across Wales, which has now reached 1,292.
Public Health Wales said that 52,502 non-routine MMR vaccinations were given to people of all ages between the beginning of March and May 13 and although they welcomed this figure, they warned against complacency.
Dr Marion Lyons, director of health protection for Public Health Wales, said: “In the 10 to 18 age group we have vaccinated more than 15,000 people since the beginning of March, but this does leave us with more than 35,000 still needing vaccination.
“We continue to have concerns about this age group and would remind young people and their parents that measles can be very serious and even fatal.
“Now is not the time to be complacent and it is never too late to catch up on missed MMR doses.”
Tomorrow a drop-in clinic will be held at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot Hospital between 10am and 4pm. No appointment is needed.