Measles Update

Measles Update

Measles:


You will probably be aware that New Zealand is experiencing an outbreak of Measles with a large number of cases in Auckland and more recently some cases in Queenstown

Measles is a highly infectious disease which can cause severe medical complications including ear infections, pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain) and often requires admission to hospital.

  • The first symptoms include fever, tiredness runny nose cough, and sore eyes, followed by a rash which usually starts on the face and lasts 4-7 days.
  • A person with measles is infectious (can pass it on by being in the same room as other people) from 5 days before the rash appears to 5 days afterwards.
  • If you think you might have Measles, please stay at home and phone us  on 034370347 for advice.

How to protect yourself against measles:

One MMR (Measles Mumps and Rubella) vaccination will provide lasting protection to 95% of those immunised.

Children are offered 2 MMR (Measles Mumps and Rubella) vaccinations (at 15 months and 4 years

 

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