Canterbury measles update – 30 cases and one under investigation

Tuesday 19 March 2019Media release2 minutes to read

A Canterbury midwife receives her MMR vaccine while holding her own beautiful baby

The number of confirmed measles cases in Canterbury now stands at 30, with one under investigation.

Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Ramon Pink says measles numbers continue to increase in Canterbury.  

“Measles is incredibly infectious and continues to circulate in our community. The only way to prevent its spread is immunisation.”

Dr Pink says there remains a risk of measles spreading when large groups congregate together.

“If you were born after 1969 and feel unwell with measles-like symptoms, or have never been vaccinated against measles, you should stay away from large gatherings as you will be at risk of catching measles.  

“And if you think you may have been exposed to measles or have symptoms, please call your general practice first, 24/7. Please do not visit your general practice or use public transport as you may be infectious.”

Dr Pink says 27,000 doses of the MMR vaccine arrived in Canterbury last week.

“We have enough vaccines to immunise those who need it most – people aged between 12 months and 28 years who have never been immunised.”

Over time the vaccine will be made available to other priority groups.
  
The symptoms of measles are a cough or runny nose or conjunctivitis, and a fever above 38.5 C, and a rash. 

More information about measles is available at https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/measles and http://www.immune.org.nz/.

Please note: that due to the ongoing response to Friday’s terror attacks, we will only hold a media briefing if there is something significant to report. 

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