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Measles Misinformation Draws The Attention Of Canada's Chief Public Health Officer

15 March 2019

It's while Canterbury grapples an outbreak, which has seen 27 people in the region contract the disease.

In an era where, thanks to the success of vaccines, we are no longer familiar with these unsafe illnesses, some parents have come to fear the prevention more than the disease.

"Measles is a highly infectious virus that can be life threatening". Its signs and symptoms include cough, runny nose, red eyes/conjunctivitis, fever, skin rashes lasting for more than three days. Since then, there have been additional people from Brooklyn and Queens who were unvaccinated and acquired measles while in Israel.

Fourteen thousand does of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine are now being distributed to Christchurch general practices as the number of confirmed cases of measles has risen to 28 almost three weeks after the outbreak began.

The Canterbury District Health Board says it has to prioritise the most vulnerable. "And the second dose of the vaccine is for that small percentage who do not gain immunity from that first vaccine", he said.

"We are also very aware that one MMR vaccine does provide 95 per cent coverage for our population". A second dose of MMR vaccine is recommended before children enter school at 4 to 6 years of age.

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Ministry of Health director of public health Dr Caroline McElnay encouraged Wellingtonians who were not yet had their Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine to visit their doctor.

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.

People are being encouraged to get themselves immunised in order to contain the spread of measles.

The government has been conducting vaccination programs around the country to fight measles as cases continue to rise.

"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".

Anyone who suspects they may have measles should stay away from work, school or public places to help prevent putting others at risk.

Measles Misinformation Draws The Attention Of Canada's Chief Public Health Officer