Measles outbreak declared in the Waikato

People are being urged to make sure their immunisations are up-to-date following a measles outbreak in the Waikato. File photo.

The Waikato District Health Board has declared a measles outbreak and is urging people in the region to get immunised.

The District Health Board has been notified of six cases of measles in the last week, with two of those cases going back to late December.

The DHB's chief medical officer of health, Dr Richard Hoskins says the DHB had been working with the families to find out where they might have contracted measles from.

Measles can lead to complications such as pneumonia, seizures, and swelling of the brain, with about 20 per cent of measles cases resulting in hospitalisation.

"Measles is easily passed from one person to another. The best form of protection is immunisation."

"Anybody whose not had measles in the past and not been vaccinated is probably susceptible to measles and is very likely to get it if they spend time indoors with somebody with measles."

The first symptoms of measles are a fever, runny nose, cough or red eyes, followed by a red, blotchy rash a few days later, which usually starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.

Anyone who suspects they have measles should call their GP or Healthline, but they must call ahead so they can be examined in isolation and not infect others in waiting rooms, says Dr Hoskins.

People who are infectious - which is four days before the rash comes out, to five days after - are being told to stay in isolation, and not go near public places.

If someone isn't sure if they have been immunised, they can contact their GP, check the immunisation register - if they were born after 2004, look at their Plunket Book or get a blood test.

Immunisation is free, including the doctor's appointment.


4 Comments

Mr Fuhrer.............

Posted on 19-01-2019 18:49 | By groutby

....if the ’toxic ingredients’ actually cull or remove the previously eradicated disease...then what’s the problem?...is it propaganda?..please review and post your source of such information, we would like to be informed.

DHB Fuhrer?

Posted on 19-01-2019 08:53 | By Slim Shady

I think they take advice from the World Health Organisation who are staffed by leading scientists who monitor the effects of vaccination and produce indisputable evidence. Well, indisputable by scientists which I presume you’re not?

So Mein Fuhrer, I take it that you are against

Posted on 18-01-2019 17:42 | By earlybird

immunisation. Actually this is not propaganda, it is fact. I don’t think you can imagine the worldwide carnage if vaccines had not been developed by scientists. I assume that nobody in your family has been immunised for anything, so I just hope for your sake that everyone in your family stays healthy. Perhaps you can tell us of your scientific background that enables you to make such a sweeping statement about the effectiveness of vaccines.

here we go again

Posted on 18-01-2019 09:28 | By Mein Fuhrer

"Measles is easily passed from one person to another. The best form of protection is immunisation." "Anybody whose not had measles in the past and not been vaccinated is probably susceptible to measles and is very likely to get it if they spend time indoors with somebody with measles." The DHB spreading their propaganda encouraging the obedient herd of zombies to line up and be injected with another poison vaccine containing some of the most toxic ingredients known to man.

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