Waikato District Health Board have recently had confirmed cases of measles in the Waikato Region.
Measles is a highly infectious viral disease that can be serious. It is spread from person to person through the air by breathing, sneezing or coughing. Just being in the same room as someone with measles can lead to infection if you are not immune.
The first symptoms of measles are a fever, and one or more of a runny nose, cough and sore red eyes. After a few days a red blotchy rash comes on and lasts up to one week. The rash usually starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. Measles can be very serious.
Students with measles are infectious from 5 days before to 5 days after the onset of rash and must stay away from school and follow the advice of the local Medical Officer of Health.
What if there is a confirmed case of measles at our school?
If the Waikato District Health Board advise us of a confirmed case of measles at our school, we will take the following action:
Students who can stay at school:
Students who have to be off school in quarantine:
What do you need to do today?
If your child develops symptoms of measles: