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Measles alert - MOE

posted May 10, 2018, 7:08 PM by Reception @TMCS
As students return from the Term 1 holidays, the Ministry of Health is reminding schools to be aware of the risks of measles. Over the past month, measles cases have been reported in Canterbury, the Southern District Health Board region, Nelson-Marlborough, Hamilton and Auckland. Immunisation – the best protection against measles and it is free! Immunisation is the best protection against measles and to be effective, people need to have two measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations. Anyone who is unsure if they are fully immunised against measles can be vaccinated for free at their GP. What can you do? As a precautionary measure, school leaders are encouraged to confirm the immunisation status of staff and students. Anyone who is not immunised and gets exposed to a confirmed case of measles will need to stay home for at least 14 days to ensure the virus doesn’t spread. General advice Anyone who suspects they may have measles should avoid contact with other people, especially those who aren’t fully immunised, and should phone their GP before visiting. It is important to call first because measles is highly infectious, and people with measles can infect others in the waiting room. Further information and advice is available from: • your local public health unit • Healthline on 0800 611 116 • 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) • the Ministry of Health website.