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'A month after measles and my kids are still ill'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 02, 2013

mmr clinic Ysgol Dyffryn Amman school nurse Karen Thomas administers the MMR jab to year 13 pupil Rebecca Evans. CTCE20070403A-008_C

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A DAD says his children are still suffering the side effects of measles more than a month after being diagnosed with the disease.

Craig Thomas has urged other parents to have their children vaccinated with the MMR jab to protect them from the serious illness.

Mr Thomas, 37, of Francis Road, Morriston, said Chloe, 16, Jordan, 14, and Kieran, 10, all fell ill around the same time and were still suffering now.

He said: "It was a nightmare — Chloe had measles first and the boys had it the same time.

"They were all off school for a month altogether.

"After having measles they are still weak and it leaves them with side effects — the spots are unbelievable.

"They are all back in school but they are not 110 per cent, although they don't have the measles anymore."

He added: "I hope they are not going to suffer deafness.

"I still worry about Jordan as he's still getting these headaches, which he had when he had measles."

Mr Thomas, who lives with partner Nicola Markham, 36, said he was determined that all his children would have the MMR jab despite having the highly contagious disease.

He added: "The school has had to put Chloe's exams on hold because she's not with it at all.

"Jordan has come home with headaches, sickness and had earache over the weekend.

"They were bed-ridden when they had measles and Chloe lost half a stone in weight, so we had to make sure she was drinking plenty of fluids.

"Kieran has just turned 10 and his face was swollen and he had red puffy eyes.

"We still have memories of them having the measles and we keep on thinking that they are going to come back again."

Mr Thomas said he wished he had ensured his children had the MMR vaccine when they were younger, but he had decided against it because of concerns.

Claims of a link between the jab and autism have been totally discredited.

He said: "They didn't have the jab because of concerns we had in the 1990s — I regret it and feel guilty and wish I could turn back the clock. I would encourage other parents not to wait until next week but to make sure their children have the jab done now.

"I would not wish any other parents to go through what we have been through — they should get the MMR vaccine."

Findings following the measles outbreak in the Swansea area show that two doses of the MMR protects in around 99 of 100 cases.

Research also shows one dose of the MMR vaccine has shown to protect against measles in more than 95 out of every 100 cases vaccinated — higher than previous experience.

Fewer than 10 laboratory- confirmed cases are reported to have previously received the MMR vaccination in the outbreak area since the start of the outbreak. Vaccination teams will be starting in Bridgend schools next week.

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  • EwenM  |  May 03 2013, 4:30PM

    There are numerous contraindications for MMR to prevent known problems. The things is, despite multiple massive studies, autism has never been shown to be associated with MMR.

  • Spideyjonesy  |  May 03 2013, 1:33PM

    autusim is a terrible illness and my heart goes out to any one who suffers from it or has a family member that does so. Surely in this day and age we can screen the vacanation procedure to avoid such a terrible side effect?

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  • gowergirl1609  |  May 02 2013, 10:43PM

    thanks for your understanding and I know that there are quite a lot of families in and around Swansea who have Children with autisum , and can also understand what you say about genetic element , but i can say hand on heart untill we were told that our youngest son had ASD there has been no one else in the family with autisum , I can see that you might think that as 2 possiably 4 out of our 15 granchildren have ASD but the 2 that have ASD were born in 2000 and also had the MMR

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  • lilbertine  |  May 02 2013, 8:50PM

    "Severe measles is more likely among poorly nourished young children, especially those with insufficient vitamin A, or whose immune systems have been weakened by HIV/AIDS or other diseases. Severe complications from measles can be avoided though supportive care that ensures good nutrition, adequate fluid intake and treatment of dehydration with WHO-recommended oral rehydration solution. This solution replaces fluids and other essential elements that are lost through diarrhoea or vomiting. Antibiotics should be prescribed to treat eye and ear infections, and pneumonia. All children in developing countries diagnosed with measles should receive two doses of vitamin A supplements, given 24 hours apart. This treatment restores low vitamin A levels during measles that occur even in well-nourished children and can help prevent eye damage and blindness. Vitamin A supplements have been shown to reduce the number of deaths from measles by 50%." – World Health Organisation. "Vitamin A supplements have been shown in some studies to help prevent some of the serious complications arising from a measles infection" – NHS Vitamin A is found abundantly in dairy products; eggs from free range hens; liver; fish, shellfish, cod liver oil. The best plant sources of beta-carotene are yellow/orange vegetables & fruits like carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, apricots, nectarines, peaches, mangoes, plums; and dark green leafy vegetables: spinach, broccoli, kale, watercress, beet leaves, turnips, asparagus and peas. In order to be absorbed, vegetable sources requires fat, so serve them with butter, coconut or olive oil. Chopping and puréeing also enhance their bioavailability - Dr Jayne Donegan. (Try fresh raw juices e.g. carrot, or if child is fussy, try drops e.g. Vitasorb A by BioCare.) "Fever represents a universal, ancient, and usually beneficial response to infection, and its suppression under most circumstances has few, if any demonstrable benefits. On the other hand, some harmful effects have been shown to occur as a result of suppressing fever. It is clear, therefore, that the widespread use of antipyretics should not be encouraged either in developing countries or in industrial society." Heinz Eichenwald, Professor of Paediatrics, writing for WHO 2003. This means: Do not suppress a fever (do not give Calpol). It is a sign that your body is fighting infection properly, helping to detox and strengthen your immune system.

  • JohnSW4  |  May 02 2013, 7:41PM

    by gowergirl1609 You are not alone with those experiences! My boy had his feb 1991 it was part of a batch that had to be withdrawn because of the major problems they had with it its all well documented! I have meet 5 other family's whose their boys had the vaccine all with in the same period 2 are now at the autistic center in Skewen! If you get involved with youngsters with autism you will be amazed how many there are and the various degrees of autism there is but basically its simply brain damage! Living with autism and getting involved make you more caring what is most important is to switch of from those who pretend to now about this situation in Swansea alone there is a couple of hundred of youngsters who have degrees of autism and that's just local so there must be plenty of people with genetical problems!

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  • EwenM  |  May 02 2013, 6:21PM

    I'm sorry to hear your family's problems, gowergirl. Rather than MMR, it does sound a lot like there's a substantial genetic element there - which is well supported by other research.

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  • gowergirl1609  |  May 02 2013, 4:31PM

    I have heard and read all about the latest measles outbreak and don't get me wrong I am all for kids having their jabs , I have 4 children 2 in their early 30's 1 29 & my youngest 15 years he was born in 1998 in the height of the MMR scare I don't take much notice to scare mongering and having ready see one on my children suffering with measles when she was 2 I thought I wasn't going to have my youngest go through that so I took him for his first injection then with in a short time I noticed a dramatic change in him , he stopped having his afternoon naps in fact he was awake for 21 hours a day and very active through those waking hours constantly on the go & very impulsive this became increased as he got older he jumped into a fast flowing river at the age of 7 fully clothed and his older cousin had to go in after him as my son couldn't see the danger , I was constantly at my GP's trying to find out what was wrong with him , and he was finally referred to CAMHS and diagnosed with asburgers syndrome & ASD at the age of 10 , he did not have his second MMR as I be live that he changed after his first , and my daughter who had the measles also has 4 children aged between 13 & 2 and all if them have had the MMR her two eldest have ASD & ADHD and the 2 youngest are showing positive signs of the same , I cant say there is a link as I would be accused of scare mongering , but my son will not be having his second injection I know there has been reports that parents that don't get their kid injected/protected are irresponsible but I would like to state to them I had my child injected with the 1st and he has to live his whole life in a differ ant world to us so before they cast judgement think why some parents have taken the difficult chose of not having their children injected with the MMR Regards Mrs Hayes

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