Measles Information

We would like to acknowledge the confusion our patients may have experienced when the measles outbreak occured.  Once we finally received the vaccines, we followed instructions and guidelines from Canterbury Primary Health Response throughout the duration as per protocol.  Unfortunatly the guidelines changed daily and caused mixed messages to our patients day to day.  We were also very frustrated in this process and our staff worked extemly hard to try and get everyone vaccinated that were in the current priority group at the time.  The management team and all staff would like to thank you for your understanding and patience during this frustrating and concerning time, we can relate to the stress this may have caused.

Update 16.05.2019 - There have been no new measles cases in Canterbury since March 30th 2019.  If there are no further cases, the measles outbreak will be declared over, on Thursday May 16th 2019.

Nationally, measles cases are being identified elsewhere in the country including, Auckland, Bay or Planty, Wellington, Northland and the Lakes District.

We have reverted back to the national direction for MMR

- We will continue with the routine immunisation programme for children 15 months and 4 years

- Children and adults (up to the age of 50) who have never been vaccinated

- Adults aged over 50 years have almost universally been exposed to "wild measles" and are considered to be immune.  This group of adults do not need to be vaccinated.

For those who are travelling to high risk situations, the Ministry of Health is advising people to make sure they are fully immunised against measles before they go.

If you wish to book for your or your childrens vaccination please call us on 313 4659 and make an appointment with the nurse or book online into the nurse appointments. You will need to wait 20 mins on site after the vaccine is given.  Feel free to call and speak with the nurse if you require further information.

 

Measles Symptoms incude:

Symptoms of Measles generally appear within 14 days after exposure to the virus.

* Fever

* Conjunctivitis / red eyes / light sensitivity

* Cough

* Runny nose

* Sore throat

* Muscle aches

* White spots inside the mouth

* A wide spread skin rash is a classic sign of measles. The rash lasts up to 7 days and generally appears within the first 3 to 5 days of exposure to the virus. A measles rash, which appears as red, itchy bumps, commonly develops on the head and slowly spreads to other parts of the body.

What should I do if I think I have Measles?

People should stay in isolation from the time that they may have become infected until five days after the rash first appears. This means staying at home from school / work and having no contact with anyone not immunised. If others in your household were not immunised, they should be in isolation for 14 days from their likely first exposure.

Measles is very infectious, so it’s important people with symptoms don’t visit their GP or after-hours clinics. Phone us to speak to the practice nurse for advice instead – to limit further exposure to other people

Anyone with measles symptoms or who believes they may have been exposed can contact their usual general practice 24/7 for additional advice. Calls after hours will be answered by a nurse and they will advise you on what to do and where to go if you need to be seen.

People should only go to hospital or GP if its an emergency and should inform staff immediatly if they think they have measles.

How do I know if I am immune to Measles?

People are considered immune if they:

- have received two doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine;

- have had a measles illness previously;or

- were born before 1969.

The best protection from measles is to have two MMR vaccinations. 

You can check your vaccination status with your general practice team if you are unsure.

The MMR vaccine and the appointment to be immunised is free for all those who are eligible for funded healthcare in New Zealand.

MMR Vaccine

There is currently a shortage of MMR vaccines available in the Canterbury region.

We will continue to update this page with information on our stock as it changes.

Links for comprehensive information regarding Measles in NZ:

www.healthline.com/health/measles

www.cdhb.health.nz/media-release

http://www.primaryhealthresponse.org.nz/