South East Wales

MMR jab given to 123 pupils after Newport measles outbreak

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Image caption The outbreak was declared at Lliswerry High School in Newport on Monday

MMR vaccinations have been given to 123 pupils at a Newport school following a measles outbreak.

The outbreak was declared on Monday after four people with links to Lliswerry High School were diagnosed with the illness.

Public Health Wales said it was pleased with the uptake of vaccinations at the school but there was more work to do.

Vaccination sessions will take place at six primary schools in Newport on Friday.

Parents have been urged to ensure their children have received both doses of the MMR vaccine. The first dose is usually given at 12 months and the second at 40 months.

Symptoms include a fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis and a distinctive red rash.

The primary schools scheduled to receive vaccinations are Somerton Primary School, Lliswerry Primary School, Eveswell Primary School, St Andrew's Primary School, Pillgwenlly Primary School and Maindee Primary School.

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