Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
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New Zealand calls for vaccination against measles following outbreak

New Zealand calls for vaccination against measles following outbreak

Canterbury Primary Response Group coordinator Dr Phil Schroeder told Kate Hawkesby Canterbury has high levels of vaccinated people.

All these can easily be prevented by getting vaccinated. Norwalk is 10 percent lower. A lot of them were children under the age of five.

Measles outbreaks in the United States, triggered when unvaccinated people travel here from other countries, are ongoing in New York, Washington, and Texas.

New Zealand's ministry of health said in a statement in late February that since 2012 all cases of measles in New Zealand came from travelers bringing the disease from overseas. Health officials there have responded by stepping up vaccination efforts.

In fact, it's not really a surprise to see an outbreak of mumps or measles. However, that is putting peoples lives and health at risk.


Only half of the Huron County schools are meeting that immunity threshold.

The number of new measles cases in the first two months of this year already surpasses the entire annual totals of all but three years since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000. However, there is still cause for vaccination.

Next week, an additional 18,000 vaccines will be delivered and there will be thousands more shipped in the following week. People are considered immune if they have received two doses of the MMR vaccine, have had a measles illness previously, or were born before 1969. It's more than just a rash and a fever.

Measles is a disease that can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs), and even death.

The number of recorded measles infections globally doubled to 229,000 previous year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in February. Before scientists developed the vaccine, between 3 and 4 million people caught measles and 500 died from it each year in the US, according to the agency.

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