Jump in winter deaths last year is blamed on ineffective flu vaccine

November 30, 2015

Source: BMJ, 2015;351:h6392

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Date of publication: November 2015

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In a nutshell: Excess deaths in England and Wales in 2014-15 were the highest for 15 years, the Office for National Statistics has reported, largely because of an ineffective flu vaccine.

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Target MMR at teenagers, measles report urges

November 25, 2013

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: November 2013

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In a nutshell: “Assertive” efforts need to be made to target teenagers who have not received the MMR vaccination in a bid to eliminate measles from Wales. A joint health boards’ report looking at Wales’ largest measles outbreak said there should be a policy of “aggressive control”. One idea is for unimmunised children to be excluded from school if a close contact has measles during an outbreak.

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Measles cases in Swansea and Neath prompt ‘frustration’

November 25, 2013

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: November 2013

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In a nutshell: A senior doctor has spoken of his frustration with a second crop of measles cases in south Wales just months after an epidemic ended.

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See related storyMeasles cases double in two weeks in Neath and Swansea


Small rise in rubella cases triggers warning

May 22, 2013

Source: BMJ, 2013;346:f2935

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Date of publication: May 2013

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In a nutshell: Last year saw the highest number of rubella cases in England and Wales since 1999. Although numbers are still small there is some concern that the disease could start to circulate more widely.

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Related Story: Wales measles epidemic prompts rubella outbreak warning, BBC News


Swansea measles: Cases rise by 20 to 1,094

May 22, 2013

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: May 2013

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In a nutshell: Measles cases in the Swansea epidemic have risen by 20 in the last five days to 1,094 as health chiefs warn the uptake of MMR is too low to eliminate the disease in Wales.

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Largest group of children affected by measles outbreak in Wales is 10-18 year olds

April 22, 2013

Source: British Medical Journal, BMJ 2013;346:f2545

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Date of publication: April 2013

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In a nutshell: The United Kingdom is likely to see more outbreaks of measles as the cohort of children who missed routine vaccination because of safety concerns move into secondary schools, doctors said this week. Although children of all ages are being affected by the Swansea outbreak, the highest numbers of cases are being seen in those aged between 10 and 18 years. A targeted MMR catch-up campaign has started in schools in the area, and drop-in vaccination clinics have been set up.

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Call to give measles MMR jab in mass school vaccination

April 11, 2013

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: April 2013

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In a nutshell: There has been a call for all pupils in Swansea schools to be vaccinated against measles after the Easter break.

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