Measles outbreak in New Zealand's Canterbury widens to 20

  • Measles outbreak in New Zealand's Canterbury widens to 20

Measles outbreak in New Zealand's Canterbury widens to 20

"Immunisation is the only sure way to avoid getting measles", Pink said.

A nationwide Measles outbreak continues to raise concern for health officials. "They were persuaded by the anti-vaxers".

Thousands of vaccines are being delivered to health centres in the Canterbury district, which includes Christchurch, as the potentially life-threatening disease widened to more than 20 confirmed cases.

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While the vaccine is considered highly effective, Kiwis in their late teens and early 20s are considered most at risk of contracting the disease because of low update of standard scheduled vaccinations by those in their age bracket.

"Anyone who has only had one measles-containing vaccine (MCV) dose needs a booster".

Some are utilizing the exemptions in Huron County, where the overall MMR vaccination rates for the locally documented incoming kindergartners is almost 7 percent lower than the state average.

The vaccination program would see 100,000 doses of the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine distributed for free, Canterbury Primary Response Group's Phil Schroeder told Radio New Zealand on Tuesday.

Rangiora resident Jacqui Bath has abandoned her home after several measles cases in the North Canterbury town. Some are convinced that vaccine causes autism and other health issues - something that has been disproven over and over again by several studies. The JCHD Communicable Disease staff is working to identify any possible contacts to make follow up arrangements for immunizations or care if needed.

"It can now be assumed that measles is circulating widely in our community", the DHB said in a statement.