New Measles Case Confirmed In Clark County

Alicia Farmer
March 15, 2019

Residents across the greater Wellington region are being assured there are sufficient supplies of the measles vaccine in the wake of recent outbreaks in Canterbury, Auckland, Dunedin and Waikato.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus which can be transferred from person-to-person by sneezing, coughing, and close personal contact, the DOH noted.

He said this shows the primary care community is on high alert for measles cases.

Earlier this month, authorities warned Australians who holiday in Bali and visitors to the Sydney Opera House to be on the look out for measles symptoms after a young woman and a baby contracted the disease.

The symptoms of measles symptoms are a cough or runny nose or conjunctivitis, and a fever above 38.5 C, and a rash. "I'd like to thank the increasing number of people who are staying isolated after being potentially exposed". It can be life-threatening, with one in 10 measles' sufferers needing hospital treatment. "And the second dose of the vaccine is for that small percentage who do not gain immunity from that first vaccine", he said.

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The vaccination program will include 100,000 doses of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine being distributed for free, Canterbury Primary Response Group's Phil Schroeder told Radio New Zealand on Tuesday. A second dose of MMR vaccine is recommended before children enter school at 4 to 6 years of age.

Pharmac was working with suppliers, both nationally and internationally, to get sufficient volumes of the MMR vaccine for everyone who needed it, Williams said.

Yet over the past few weeks, we have heard Canadian parents speak to the media about watching their children suffer through a vaccine-preventable disease.

In a statement, Ministry of Health director of public health Dr Caroline McElnay emphasised the importance of being immunised.

How we talk to parents who have questions about vaccines can have a direct effect on improving their confidence and supporting them in getting their children vaccinated. They should also isolate themselves from family members who are not fully immunised.

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