Don’t let measles ruin your school holidays

There have been more than 85 cases of measles around New Zealand since April 2016.

The majority of cases have been in children and teenagers aged 10 to 20 years in the Waikato and MidCentral regions.

The Ministry of Health’s Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Andrew Simpson, says “Measles is highly infectious and can be life-threatening. “People travelling during the holidays, and children attending events or school camps, run the risk of contracting measles and then bringing it home with them.”

You can contact Healthline (0800 611 116) for advice if you or a member of your family is sick these school holidays.

Make sure your family is fully immunised these school holidays

“Immunisation is the best protection for you and your family, and also helps protect the wider community. The measles vaccine is free for all New Zealanders who need it. You need two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to be fully immunised.” says Dr Simpson.

“Anyone who is not vaccinated and gets exposed to a case of measles will need to stay home for at least 14 days to ensure the virus doesn’t spread.”

Children are usually vaccinated at 15 months and 4 years of age.

Those unsure of their vaccination status can check Well Child Tamariki Ora or Plunket books, or contact their General Practice. If in doubt, just get vaccinated – it’s free, and getting an extra vaccination doesn’t do any harm.

More information on the measles immunisation is available on the Ministry of Health website or you can contact 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863).

Source: Ministry of Health media release (7th July 2016).

Published on Thursday, July 7th, 2016, under Uncategorised
Page last updated: 26/07/2016

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