Rush for MMR jab as measles outbreak spreads to the North East where there have been 200 cases of the disease
19 new measles cases in the Middlesbrough in the last week after 200 in the last six monthsFigure compares with 11 cases in the whole of 2010 and 18 in 2011
1,000 people queue for MMR jab in Swansea after outbreak


Rise: The latest figures show that 40 new cases of the disease have been diagnosed since Wednesday

The number of confirmed cases of measles (pictured) in the Swansea epidemic has risen to 588, Public Health Wales has confirmed

Outbreak: Parents are being urged to get their children the MMR jab in the North East after 19 new cases were reported

Julia Waller, immunisation lead for the North East PHE Centre said: ‘Measles is highly infectious and unvaccinated children and adults who haven’t had it before are at risk when it is circulating, as it is now in this region.

‘There is no treatment for measles but it can be prevented by the MMR vaccine and two doses are required to ensure the best protection.

‘If anyone is unsure about their immunisation status they should check with their GP. If you’ve missed out on MMR in the past it’s always possible to catch-up as the vaccine can be given at any age.’

Doctors in Swansea warned last week that as many as 3,800 children there had missed out on having the MMR jab.

More drop-in clinics will be held next weekend while an immunisation campaign is due to be held in schools after the Easter break.