Public Health message: Measles

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Public Health has forwarded this information to schools for communication to their communities:

MEASLES OUTBREAK IN AUCKLAND – ARE YOU/YOUR CHILD VACCINATED?

Measles is a highly contagious viral infection which can be life-threatening to some people, however, is easily prevented by vaccine. Symptoms typically include fever, runny nose, cough, watery eyes and rash. These can appear 7 to 14 days after contact with the virus. 

PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME and contact your health care provider for further advice if they are showing any of the above symptoms or has been in contact with a known case.

We recommend that you check your child’s immunisation status and if you or your child need a vaccine, you can get your measles vaccination at your GP, some local pharmacies or pop-up vaccination clinics. You will need 2 doses to be fully protected. 

The Vaccine is free for NZ citizens and residents born on or after 1st January 1969.