Welsh MMR vaccine slaves hits an all-time high but more are needed

25 September 2013 Last updated at 18:10 Share this pageEmailPrint

MMR jabs hit all-time high but targets missed

The number of younger children getting a double dose of the MMR jab in Wales has reached an all-time high but is still falling short of targets.

The latest figures from Public Health Wales (PHW) reveal 92.2% of children in Wales have received both measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations by the time they are five years old.

But that is still below the 95% target rate set by health officials.

The overall rate for under-16s who have had both jabs is even worse at 87%.

The county with the lowest figure is Carmarthenshire at 79.2%.

The issue was highlighted during the measles outbreak centred on Swansea and Neath Port Talbot earlier in the year, which led to more than 1,000 suspected cases of measles being reported by doctors.

As a result, a series of drop-in MMR clinics were held in doctors’ surgeries and hospitals in the areas, with 60,000 people receiving a catch-up jab.

The latest figures show the health board for the area – Abertawe Bro Morgannwg – is among five of Wales’ seven health boards to have hit the target for giving 95% of children their first jab by the age of two.

“Catch-up of those who have missed out on MMR vaccination remains key in both preventing and controlling outbreaks of measles,” warned Public Health Wales (PHW) in its quarterly report on immunisation.

Dr Marion Lyons, director of health protection for Public Health Wales said: “We are pleased that vaccination rates in Wales are high, but we are still not where we need to be. Though the measles outbreak is over, we won’t put a full stop to measles in Wales unless we get the 95% vaccination rate we need to prevent further outbreaks.

“The message is simple – measles is a highly contagious and dangerous disease, and if you haven’t received two doses of the MMR vaccine you are at risk whatever your age. Ten to 18 year olds in particular are still at risk because of lower vaccination rates in that age group, and we urge young people and the parents of children to see their GP to get the MMR vaccine as a matter of urgency.

“The vaccine is safe and it works, and there is no reason why children not vaccinated in the late 1990s because of fears about the safety of the vaccine should not be immunised now.”

Both the Welsh government and Public Health Wales want to see 95% of all school children in Wales receive both MMR jabs before reaching secondary school to ensure what is known as “herd immunity” in the population as a whole.

But detailed figures on infection rates in Wales also show that mumps has been on the increase throughout 2013.

In 2012, there were 393 cases of mumps reported by GPs and hospitals across Wales.

By the end of August this year there had already been 634 cases of mumps notified to PHW – an increase of 61%.

A viral disease that is easily spread, mumps leads to swollen glands, fever and headaches, and can lead to serious complications such as meningitis and deafness.

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    “Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible. Even if all are miserable, all will believe themselves happy, because the government will tell them that they are so.” -Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society p50, 1953

    The Impact of Science on Society by Bertrand Russell

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    The facts of the matter is there is an agenda to get rid of as many poisonous MMR jabs as possible. This will be to make up for the profits lost due to the truth from Dr Andrew Wakefield getting out a few years ago. Nothing more than big pharma (The Worshipful Company of Apothecaries) out for their pockets and control. Notice how they turn on even their own poisons of old to suit their current agendas. Sickening! Utilize homoeopathic preparations, Pulsatilla and Sulphur to help deal properly with measles. Vaccines did not eradicate diseases, it was the fact we had better hygiene and better living standards. Something Bertrand Russell wanted to reverse in order to aid Malthusian population reduction.

    I suspect the same biological agent used in swansea will be aerosoled over a couple of regions in England next. This will aid the alarmism that the measles has spread from Wales to Britain. Of course the media and create such a stir without any real event. Regardless we will see The Worshipful Company of Apothecaries and its minions utilize this Urdd event for further MMR sales and population controls by deception.

    -= The Unhived Mind

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    Homoeopathics for treating Measles:

    ACONITUM: Useful at the beginning stages of measles, these children have a high fever, a dry barking cough, and red conjunctiva (“pink eye”). Their skin burns and itches, and they feel restless, anxious, and frightened. They toss and turn.

    Apis: In these cases the rash begins but fails to develop fully, and soon disappears, though the child doesn’t feel completely well. Their itching is worse by warmth, and their face and eyelids are puffy.

    BELLADONNA: This remedy is often useful at the beginning stages of the measles when there is sudden onset of a high fever, reddened face, and throbbing headache. They tend to be drowsy, a little delirious, and have some difficulty falling or staying asleep. Despite the fever, they are not very thirsty.

    Bryonia: In these cases the skin eruptions from the measles are delayed. The children have a hard, dry cough and no expectoration. Any motion causes pain. They may experience some mild delirium: the child “wants to go home” even though they are at home.

    Euphrasia: These children have a fever and rash as well as acrid tearing of the eyes and a bland nasal discharge. They become sensitive to light. They have a cough, but only during the day.

    Gelsemium: For these children the onset of symptoms is slow. They have a fever with great weakness and a sense of heaviness, both of the whole body and specifically the eyelids. They are without thirst.

    Kali bic: These children have ropy, stringy discharges from the nose and burning and tearing of the eyes. Their salivary glands are noticeably swollen, and they may experience stitching pains from the ear into the head and neck.

    PULSATILLA: These children experience a mild case of the measles. Their fever is not high, and their symptoms are not too painful. They will, however, have profuse tearing from the eyes and a nasal discharge. They also have a dry cough at night which becomes loose in the daytime. They may have ear inflammation. Although they have a dry mouth, they are without thirst.

    Sulphur: Children with the measles who need this medicine have a purplish appearance. Their itching is aggravated by scratching They have reddened mucous membranes and a great thirst. Their cough and diarrhea are at their worst in the morning.

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