Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
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Canterbury measles cases hit 28 as thousands of vaccine doses delivered

Canterbury measles cases hit 28 as thousands of vaccine doses delivered

He said this shows the primary care community is on high alert for measles cases.

The initial child with measles was unvaccinated and acquired measles on a visit to Israel, where a large outbreak of the disease is occurring.

A person who catches measles is infectious from five days before symptoms show until five days after the rash first appears.

The first symptoms of measles include, dry cough, runny nose and headache.

On Monday the Canterbury District Health Board confirmed 25 cases, adding in a statement that it was likely the number of infections would rise. It can be life-threatening, with one in 10 measles' sufferers needing hospital treatment.

Their proponents are known as anti-vaxxers are always arguing about the fact that certain vaccines such are the preventive ones for mumps, measles, and rubella or MMR can cause autism.

Canada's chief public health officer is urging her fellow doctors to offer answers to parents that are concerned whether they should vaccinate their children or not in order to head off the spread of measles.

The DOH said that the school-based immunization would be selective, meaning children who already received two doses of the Measles Containing Vaccine (MCV) would not be given any more.

Pharmac director of operations Lisa Williams says the country's drug-buying agency is continuing to monitor demand for the vaccine "very carefully".

"The measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is safe and effective protection against measles".

Yet over the past few weeks, we have heard Canadian parents speak to the media about watching their children suffer through a vaccine-preventable disease.

How we talk to parents who have questions about vaccines can have a direct effect on improving their confidence and supporting them in getting their children vaccinated.

"It's important we maintain the existing nationwide immunisation programme, including in Wellington, but also encourage teenagers and young adults who have never been immunised". The vaccination is free. They should also isolate themselves from family members who are not fully immunised.

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