A boy receives the MMR jab at a recent clinic in Neath Port Talbot
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Measles: Prof Colin Blakemore wants big immunisation campaign

Since the measles epidemic centred on Swansea began last November more than 1,000 cases have been diagnosed in Wales.

It is thought that the surge reflects the drop in immunisation rates after it was wrongly suggested in the 1990s that MMR was linked to autism and bowel disease.

Colin Blakemore, emeritus professor of neuroscience at Oxford University, believes this is the first stage of a long-term problem that could lead to disabling outbreaks of mumps and rubella.

Prof Blakemore, the former chief executive of the Medical Research Council, spoke to Vaughan Roderick on Sunday Supplement on BBC Radio Wales, who asked him first if it was inevitable that outbreaks of mumps and rubella would follow measles.

  • 02 Jun 2013
  • From the section Wales