INDEPENDENT NEWS

Ensure you and your family are immunised against measles

Published: Tue 12 Nov 2019 12:08 PM
12 November 2019
With the year drawing to a close and summer holidays fast approaching, the local Medical Officer of Health is urging Bay of Plenty and Lakes residents to check their MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) immunisation are up to date to prevent summer plans being spoiled by measles.
“New Zealand is experiencing its largest measles outbreak in 20 years. There have been over 2,000 cases of measles nationwide so far this year with 66 in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes. Last year we had no cases of measles,” says Medical Officer of Health for Toi Te Ora Public Health, Dr Phil Shoemack.
“Measles is extremely infectious - it’s spread from one person to another through the air by breathing, sneezing or coughing.” Dr Shoemack adds, “Just being in the same room as someone with measles can lead to you becoming infected if you are not immunised.”
“Nobody wants their summer holiday ruined by illness, especially measles – it can be very serious, with over a third of local cases in the current outbreak receiving hospital treatment,” says Dr Shoemack.
The MMR immunisation is very effective at preventing measles. “It’s important to ensure that you and your children are up to date with all immunisations, and the MMR immunisation in particular. The MMR immunisation is free for everyone in New Zealand,” says Dr Shoemack.
“Ask yourself – Is my family protected?” Dig out your Well Child or Plunket book and check your immunisation records or if you’re still unsure simply ask your doctor.”
About 95% of people will be protected from measles after one dose of MMR vaccine, and about 99% of people who have had two MMR doses will be protected from measles. People born before 1 January 1969 are also considered to be immune to measles.
“It’s never too late to catch up if you or your children need to be immunised. Contact your family doctor or practice nurse to make an appointment to be immunised today,” says Dr Shoemack.
ends

Next in Lifestyle

1917's 1,000 Yard Stare
By: Howard Davis
New Zealand set to host World Cup of Floorball in 2022
By: International Floorball Federation
Tuia 250 Voyage ends but Tuia - Our Future is Unstoppable
By: Tuia 250
NZ Fringe 2020 has launched
By: New Zealand Fringe Festival
Tuia 250 ending is just the beginning
By: New Zealand Government
Final stop for Tuia 250 Voyage celebrates past and future
By: Tuia 250
Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla arrival in Capital
By: Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Courtney Johnston will lead Te Papa into a new era
By: Te Papa
Creative NZ board appointments
By: Creative New Zealand
Auckland Fringe Announces New Festival Director
By: Auckland Fringe
2019 NZ Comedy Guild Awards handed out
By: New Zealand Comedy Guild
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media