Measles jab clinics to set up in Gwent

South Wales Argus: Measles jab clinics to set up in Gwent Measles jab clinics to set up in Gwent

TWO MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination clinics will run in Gwent tomorrow (SAT) in response to the ongoing measles outbreak in the Swansea area.

Almost 700 cases have now been reported there, and Aneurin Bevan Health Board is offering the sessions to help protect people living in Gwent.

Clinics will be held at Bellevue Surgery, Courtybella Terrace, Belle Vue Terrace, Newport, and at the main outpatients' department at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, Ystrad Mynach, both 11am-3pm.

Those aged one year-25 years are the target group, with the health board particularly keen to vaccinate 16-25 year-olds who may have missed out on MMR jabs because the vaccine was not available when they were of pre-school age, or because their parents were put off by the MMR 'scare' of the late 1990s-early 2000s, triggered by a since discredited link to autism and bowel disorders.

"The purpose is to help protect people living in Gwent from measles. It is crucial that young people are vaccinated prior to the school and college exam season," said a health board spokesman.

"Measles is an extremely contagious virus, which can lead to serious complications and in rare cases can be fatal.

"We urge all parents to ensure their child has had their MMR vaccinations and encourage people in the above age groups who are unprotected to attend one of these drop-in clinics.

"People who have had two doses of the MMR will be 99% protected against the disease."

GPs will continue to vaccinate regularly and those who already have an appointment with their family doctor areurged to keep it and not attend these additional clinics. Other extra clinics will be also held in other areas in Gwent over the coming weeks.

Tomorrow's clinics are not intended for babies under the age of12 months, and people who have recently felt unwell with a temperature or other flu-like symptoms should not attend.

There is no indication of an increase in measles cases in Gwent, but with areas such as Neath Port Talbot, Powys and to a lesser extent Bridgend reporting more cases as the outbreak in Swansea has developed, health bosses have been spurred into offering tomorrow's clinics as a preventive measure.

MMR vaccination rates in Gwent compare well with other parts of Wales but, also in common with other areas, remain short of the coverage required to minimise the chances of an outbreak.

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8:09am Fri 12 Apr 13

Bobevans says...

Remember a couple of years back the Assembly were at the forefront of discouraging the MMR vaccine based on some wild speculation

Wales is now paying the price with this epidemic
Remember a couple of years back the Assembly were at the forefront of discouraging the MMR vaccine based on some wild speculation Wales is now paying the price with this epidemic Bobevans
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9:19am Fri 12 Apr 13

Mervyn James says...

Was it speculation ? Some of us with autistic children tend to think otherwise. My son had MMR and shut down completely 68 hours later never to recover, prior to that he was a child ahead of others, there was no other factor involved either genetic or otherwise.

The BMA panicked and decided to slate the research of a possible link for fear of mass non take-up. IN reality 6% of any child vaccinated will get an adverse possibly serious reaction, it is an accepted statistic, nothing is 100%

Part of that statistic is the link with brain damage. Again the BMA played this all down. Perhaps when YOUR child become accepted 'collateral damage' you may think differently. MMR could have been phased in via varying when doses are given, no-one at the time said NO to MMR just not a heavy handed mass dose at one time.

The BMA's reaction in fact made things worse and resulted in what is happening now,because parents thought they WERE disguising the fact MMR posed a real problem in susceptible children. We won't know, because the medical profession has come come down en bloc to defend MMR and refused research too, because accepting a need for research suggested parents could have a case which would again lead to mass withdrawal from MMR again..
Was it speculation ? Some of us with autistic children tend to think otherwise. My son had MMR and shut down completely 68 hours later never to recover, prior to that he was a child ahead of others, there was no other factor involved either genetic or otherwise. The BMA panicked and decided to slate the research of a possible link for fear of mass non take-up. IN reality 6% of any child vaccinated will get an adverse possibly serious reaction, it is an accepted statistic, nothing is 100% Part of that statistic is the link with brain damage. Again the BMA played this all down. Perhaps when YOUR child become accepted 'collateral damage' you may think differently. MMR could have been phased in via varying when doses are given, no-one at the time said NO to MMR just not a heavy handed mass dose at one time. The BMA's reaction in fact made things worse and resulted in what is happening now,because parents thought they WERE disguising the fact MMR posed a real problem in susceptible children. We won't know, because the medical profession has come come down en bloc to defend MMR and refused research too, because accepting a need for research suggested parents could have a case which would again lead to mass withdrawal from MMR again.. Mervyn James
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2:38pm Fri 12 Apr 13

Realist UK says...

Mervyn James is proof that parents are taking a risk by having their child vaccinated with MMR. I believe that the vaccination of the three-in-one jab is of too much potency for the metabolism of a small child. But, the BMA will not allow parents the option of individual jabs but instead accuse them of spreading disease by not complying. I'm so sorry to hear of Mr James' story.
Mervyn James is proof that parents are taking a risk by having their child vaccinated with MMR. I believe that the vaccination of the three-in-one jab is of too much potency for the metabolism of a small child. But, the BMA will not allow parents the option of individual jabs but instead accuse them of spreading disease by not complying. I'm so sorry to hear of Mr James' story. Realist UK
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3:13pm Fri 12 Apr 13

P C Neilson says...

The MMR vaccine link to autism is a load of rubbish. Let me first put that one to bed. The vaccine risk is across the board, not just MMR and it is a medical practise that works for the population. No comfort to people affected that's true. This is 'still' nothing to do with autism.

Dr.Wakefield has caused untold damage to the WORLDS children, by poisoning the minds of people against the idea of vaccinating ourselves.

http://abcnews.go.co
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When everybody stopped using the MMR vaccine, cases of autism 'did not' drop as you would expect to find, infact they 'increased'. Confusing?

The debate sparked a better undestanding of autism, and as a result, 'more' people were discovered to be in the 'autistic specrum'. This includes aspergers syndrome.

We are still working on the causes of autism, science doesn't tell us 100% truths in anything, but it does tell us what is 'incorrect'.

It is generally accepted that autism is caused by humans having evolved exceptionally large brains. Passing through the narrow birth canal requires the baby to turn in the canal to fit through. Starvation of oxygen can happen in a difficult birth and pressure on the soft babys head can cause damage.

Humans brains are now so large, that all births have to be assisted to ensure a safe birth. Infant mortality figures from around the world back this up. Autism being more prevalent in boys is up for debate as to whether it is genetically linked to the X chromasome, or that girls are simply not being diagnosed correctly for being on the autistic spectrum. This would be due to girls not exhibiting the signs of autism in the same way that boys do.

phD's are not a mark of a persons integrity, character, or ability to reason, or that they are an authority to consult. No doctor worth his salt publishes books or creates a media storm without consultation or when his findings fail peer review. The scientific method is not understood by the wider public. Such a shame.
The MMR vaccine link to autism is a load of rubbish. Let me first put that one to bed. The vaccine risk is across the board, not just MMR and it is a medical practise that works for the population. No comfort to people affected that's true. This is 'still' nothing to do with autism. Dr.Wakefield has caused untold damage to the WORLDS children, by poisoning the minds of people against the idea of vaccinating ourselves. http://abcnews.go.co m/Health/AutismNews/ autism-british-docto r-andrew-wakefield-s tarted-autism-vaccin e-debate-ethics-deba cle/story?id=9713197 When everybody stopped using the MMR vaccine, cases of autism 'did not' drop as you would expect to find, infact they 'increased'. Confusing? The debate sparked a better undestanding of autism, and as a result, 'more' people were discovered to be in the 'autistic specrum'. This includes aspergers syndrome. We are still working on the causes of autism, science doesn't tell us 100% truths in anything, but it does tell us what is 'incorrect'. It is generally accepted that autism is caused by humans having evolved exceptionally large brains. Passing through the narrow birth canal requires the baby to turn in the canal to fit through. Starvation of oxygen can happen in a difficult birth and pressure on the soft babys head can cause damage. Humans brains are now so large, that all births have to be assisted to ensure a safe birth. Infant mortality figures from around the world back this up. Autism being more prevalent in boys is up for debate as to whether it is genetically linked to the X chromasome, or that girls are simply not being diagnosed correctly for being on the autistic spectrum. This would be due to girls not exhibiting the signs of autism in the same way that boys do. phD's are not a mark of a persons integrity, character, or ability to reason, or that they are an authority to consult. No doctor worth his salt publishes books or creates a media storm without consultation or when his findings fail peer review. The scientific method is not understood by the wider public. Such a shame. P C Neilson
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7:24pm Fri 12 Apr 13

Mervyn James says...

I can only say what I saw and know and have read allthose sites you quoted over the years to findout how my son devloped autsim,it has been said tobe down to:

Parents with hearing loss.Genetics (In the family)
Environmental effects.

Mum drinking coca cola.

There were 17 other crazy medical suggestions too silly to enter here frankly. 52 if you include the American researchers who find a new cause every day. I did family searches no links, DNA profiles no link, what I DO know is my child went from a happy and adept child in 68 hours to an virtual deaf/nil speaking zombie. I can well understand every DR wanting to play any link down. But, refusing to fund research because they are afraid of any suggestion of a link, just makes us parents wonder why. Conveniently when told most children appeared to change drastically at vaccination times,they said it was coincidences and autism just 'kicks in' at that time.

What I could never forgive personally is they attacked the parents and put it mostly down to them. With all we have to manage with our children, that was unforgivable to deliberately make the parent feel at fault.

Basically and since genetic research has taken off, the medical profession has an total opt out of any responsibility, it's all down to a 'rogue' gene of some kind. Given this is an stock excuse it makes me wonder if that is all we are, a load of rogue genes, but then it begs the question, what are the RIGHT ones ? .. welcome to the brave new world.
I can only say what I saw and know and have read allthose sites you quoted over the years to findout how my son devloped autsim,it has been said tobe down to: Parents with hearing loss.Genetics (In the family) Environmental effects. Mum drinking coca cola. There were 17 other crazy medical suggestions too silly to enter here frankly. 52 if you include the American researchers who find a new cause every day. I did family searches no links, DNA profiles no link, what I DO know is my child went from a happy and adept child in 68 hours to an virtual deaf/nil speaking zombie. I can well understand every DR wanting to play any link down. But, refusing to fund research because they are afraid of any suggestion of a link, just makes us parents wonder why. Conveniently when told most children appeared to change drastically at vaccination times,they said it was coincidences and autism just 'kicks in' at that time. What I could never forgive personally is they attacked the parents and put it mostly down to them. With all we have to manage with our children, that was unforgivable to deliberately make the parent feel at fault. Basically and since genetic research has taken off, the medical profession has an total opt out of any responsibility, it's all down to a 'rogue' gene of some kind. Given this is an stock excuse it makes me wonder if that is all we are, a load of rogue genes, but then it begs the question, what are the RIGHT ones ? .. welcome to the brave new world. Mervyn James
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9:04pm Fri 12 Apr 13

Limestonecowboy says...

Dr Wakefield was struck off the medical register for the flawed research linking the MMR vaccine & autism - look at the mess he created.
Dr Wakefield was struck off the medical register for the flawed research linking the MMR vaccine & autism - look at the mess he created. Limestonecowboy
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