Measles - CM Health supports vaccination and vigilance

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Latest News 14 March 2019 | Counties Manukau Health supports the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) messages about immunisation and vigilance in regards to measles.

This comes after two separate and unlinked cases of the disease, namely an infant and a young adult, have been notified to the service. 

ARPHS is tracing all household, work, social and other contacts of the two cases to check immunity, discuss quarantine and monitor the appearance of any symptoms, following standard public health procedures.

The two cases are not considered to be linked to any cases in the Canterbury outbreak. Auckland had its first case of measles this year 10 days ago.

ARPHS encourages people who feel unwell, to first call their medical practice and tell them if they have symptoms, as just turning up at a waiting room, be it at a hospital emergency department, a GP clinic or an Accident and Emergency Clinic, could infect others.  Alternatively, they could phone Healthline on 0800 611-116 for advice.

Many young people in the region are not fully immunised, and people born after 1969 and before 1992 will have received only one MMR vaccine. These people are entitled to the second MMR dose free of charge, although a practice nurse fee may apply. You can be immunised at any time if you have missed your two vaccinations.

While children are immunised at 15 months and four years with the MMR (measles mumps rubella) vaccine, the Ministry of Health recommends that infants aged 6-15 months travelling to countries where there is a current measles outbreak be given the MMR vaccine before they travel.

An up-to-date list of countries with a measles outbreak can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: Measles for Travellers.

For more information or advice on measles, please call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or see the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) website. 

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