Measles Update from Waikids
Below is a letter we have received in regards to the latest Measles outbreak.
Dear, Parents, Guardians and Staff,
This is a reminder to everyone to check that they and their children are fully immunised against measles.
What is measles?
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.
Who are at most at risk?
People most at risk of contracting the disease are those who have not had the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine, or who have just had one dose of the vaccine.
People who are regarded as not immune to measles are:
People born after 01 January 1969 who have not had two doses of the measles mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine or have not had a laboratory confirmed positive measles result
Children over four years old who have not received their second dose of MMR
Infants under the age of 15 months who have not received their first routine dose of MMR vaccine. They are susceptible and rely on everyone else to be immune so that measles does not spread to them
What should you do?
- Immunisation is the best way to prevent measles.
- Ensure you are up to date with your immunisations. The vaccines are free for children and adults who have not previously received two doses of MMR.
If you are not immune it is important to be aware of the symptoms of measles. The early symptoms of measles are fever, runny nose, sore red eyes and cough.
If you develop symptoms of measles:
If you do become unwell please phone your GP or call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice or seek medical attention depending on severity of illness. It is important to call first because measles is highly infectious, and people with measles can infect others in the waiting room.
Stay at home and away from public places (such as sports events, gatherings, parties, school, work, child care, shopping centres, public transport and so on).
See your doctor as soon as possible so a diagnosis can be confirmed. However, phone the surgery ahead to alert them of your symptoms and to allow them to make arrangements to assess you safely and without infecting other people.
Unimmunised people who have had contact with a person with measles will normally be advised to stay at home and away from all public places, school or work for 14 days after their contact
Here are two links to get further Measles information:
You can also contact WDHB Population Health on (07) 838 2569 or myself on (021) 2417800 Nga mihi nui,
Tracey Hilt | Public Health Nurse Waikato District Health Board