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Measles Outbreak Public Health Advisory

posted 29 Aug 2019, 20:23 by Debbie Stevens
Dear Dio Family,

The Waikato District Health Board have asked schools to share this public health advisory.
  • About 850 cases of measles have been reported so far this year - making it the worst measles outbreak in 22 years, impacting multiple regions but with most of the cases contained to Auckland at this stage.
  • Measles is highly contagious but can be prevented through timely vaccination. If you have been exposed to measles, but don’t have symptoms, you should immediately get vaccinated (if you are between 12 months and 50 years and have not already had at least one MMR vaccination).
  • If you are aged between 12 months and 50 years and are unsure whether or not you have received a vaccine previously, it’s fine to have an MMR vaccine.
  • People aged 50 years and over are assumed to be immune to measles as they are likely to have contracted it as a child.
  • If you think you have measles, please contact your doctor. Phone ahead to advise you are coming so they can put you in isolation on arrival.
  • If you think you have been exposed to measles and are concerned either speak with your doctor or call Healthline 0800 611 116.
  • The measles vaccine is free. General Practices may charge you an administration fee.
  • Going to the GP is free for under 14-year-olds.
Measles symptoms include a high fever, runny nose, cough, and sore red eyes, followed several days later by a rash starting on the face and neck before spreading to the rest of the body. Someone with measles can spread it to others from five days before the rash appears until five days after.

The best protection against measles is vaccination.

Please check your daughter/s immunisation is up-to-date. Should measles occur in our school, those students and staff that are not known to be immune may be quarantined and excluded for a period of time. The Waikato DHB will advise on a safe return date.

For more information, please click here.