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MEASLES

For more information please visit www.health.govt.nz


Please feel free to call our friendly team and ask to have one of our nurses call you back to discuss this.


Information as per the Ministry of Health website:

Symptoms

The symptoms of measles include:

Fever

Cough

Runny nose

Sore and watery ‘pink eyes’

Rash

If you catch measles, you can infect others from five days before the rash appears until five days after the rash disappears. The virus is highly contagious and spreads easily from person to person through the air.

If you or a family member suspect you have measles you should stay at home and call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 611 116. If you have measles, it’s really important to limit spreading it to others, so avoid waiting rooms and please stay at home.


Immunisation and prevention

Immunisation is the best way to protect against getting measles. Measles (MMR) vaccination is free to everyone under the age of 50 and 99 percent effective after two doses.

Children in New Zealand normally get the MMR vaccine at 15 months and 4 years old as part of the national vaccine schedule.


THE BEST PROTECTION IS TO GET IMMUNISED! THIS IS NOT JUST FOR MEASLES BUT FOR ALL PREVENTABLE DISEASES. NOT ONLY DOES THIS PROTECT YOURSELF IT CREATES COMMUNITY IMMUNITY WHICH HELPS TO PROTECT THOSE WHO CANNOT BE VACCINATED.


If you suspect you have measles or have been in contact with someone who has been confirmed with measles please call ahead. DO NOT just walk into the practice.

Thanks for your co-operation and understanding

The Team at Toi Toi Medical

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