As of August 2019, a total of 779 measles cases were confirmed in New Zealand – and 282 of those infected were hospitalised (The Immunisation Advisory Centre).
Measles are a highly contagious infection that can affect anyone who has not been immunised. The disease can easily be spread through the air by coughing, sneezing and even talking. As most people fully recover from the infection, others suffer from serious health complications and in some cases, death.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of measles usually appear 10-14 days after being infected, and typically include:
- Sore throat and cough
- Runny nose
- Tiny white/blue spots visible inside the mouth
- A skin rash made up of red blotches
How do you prevent the spread of measles?
Avoid contact with others and remain in quarantine if you or your children are infected. Make sure to stay home from work, school or daycare and phone your doctor immediately.
Moreover, receiving the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from contracting the virus and getting seriously ill.
We highly recommend you visit your local GP to receive the MMR vaccines if you have not yet done so.