Important Announcement -
For all patients enrolled at Avalon Medical, from 01/10/2019 Avalon Medical will be joining National Hauora Coalition PHO.
Any patients wishing to remain with Hauraki Primary Health Organisation may do so by registering at near practices. In our area these include:
Te Rengaregna Medical Centre
Health Messages: Measles
Measles is highly contagious and can spread quickly and easily through breathing, sneezing and coughing. People who are not immune to measles can catch the disease just by being in the same room as someone who has it.
“It is important to be aware of the symptoms of measles and what to do if you think you or a family member has measles. If you were exposed look out for fever and a runny nose, or cough, or sore red eyes. After a few days a red blotchy rash develops and lasts up to one week. The rash usually starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.” Waikato DHB Medical Officer
The best form of protection is immunisation with two MMRs. Anyone born after 1 January 1969 who does not have records of two measles immunisations or a blood test showing immunity should catch up on MMR at their GP now” he says. MMR catch up is free
If you suspect you or your child has measles:
- Please phone and advise the practice if you suspect you have measles
- Keep the patient in the car - DO NOT COME INSIDE the practice - ring when you have arrived
- A Nurse or Doctor will attend to you from the car and conduct a swab test
- Keep the patient isolated from the general public during the infectious period
Current advice as at Thursday 5 September 2019
- Actively recall babies for MMR1 to be delivered from 12 months – this can be recorded as 15-month event on the NIR
- Other 15-month vaccines can be given at the same time if this is what the parent/caregiver wishes.
- We are recommending that babies travelling to Auckland are fully immunised and that MMR1 is given from 12 months for these children
- We are not recommending that practices actively recall all 12 month old babies to receive MMR1. However, if families request that MMR1 be given earlier than 15 months (between 12 months and 15 months) then it can be given
- The other 15-month vaccines can also be given earlier (between 12 and 15 months) if this is what the parent/caregiver wishes.
Infants aged under 12 months
- The best protection for very young children is to ensure that those around them are vaccinated, including family members, whānau and carers
- In general, only babies aged under 12 months who are travelling to countries with uncontrolled outbreaks of measles should receive the vaccine
- Our current advice is that babies under 12 months of age who are living in or travelling to Auckland do not need an additional early dose of the MMR vaccine
- Antibodies transferred from the mother to the baby can provide some protection and make the MMR vaccine less effective until about one year of age. As the vaccine's effectiveness is lower for babies under 12 months of age, if they are given the vaccine, they will still need two further doses of the MMR vaccine once they turn one year, for long term protection.
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