Vaccinations week raises a reminder.
PARENTS will this week be reminded of the importance of vaccinating their children.
Public Health Wales will raising awareness of the childhood immunisation programme as part of the European Immunisation Week, which runs until May 1. The main focus of this year's event is Europe's goal of eliminating measles and rubella by the end of the year.
The latest figures show that uptake of MMR in Wales is improving following the decade-long controversy over the safety of the jab. Just over 93% of children have had their first dose of MMR and 86.4% have had the second dose by their fifth birthday. An uptake of 95% for both doses of MMR will eradicate measles, mumps and rubella in Wales.
Dr Richard Roberts, head of the Public Health Wales vaccine preventable disease programme, said: "European Immunisation Week is an excellent time to remind parents of the need to ensure that their children receive all of their childhood immunisations.
"Recent figures show we are making excellent progress in Wales. still a minority of children unprotected against diseases that can have severe complications.
not up to date with their vaccinations should speak to their GP surgery for advice."