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Measles alert

Measles alert

Four measles cases have been confirmed in the past week in Canterbury.

If you think you have not been immunised against measles please make an appointment at the UC Health Centre to see one of the nurses to check your immunisation history.

If you require a series of vaccinations we can offer this to you once we have established your vaccination history. It is recommended that all young adults 18 years and older who have not received two documented doses of the MMR vaccination should be vaccinated as soon as possible.

Information about measles

  • Measles is a highly infectious viral illness spread by contact with respiratory secretions through coughing and sneezing.
  • Symptoms include: 
    • A respiratory type of illness with dry cough, runny nose, headache
    • Temperature over 38.5 C and feeling very unwell
    • A red blotchy rash starts on day 4-5 of the illness usually on the face and moves to the chest and arms.
  • People are infectious from five days before the onset of the rash to five days after the rash starts.
  • Infected persons should stay in isolation – stay home from school, university and work during this time.
  • The best protection from measles is to have two MMR vaccinations. MMR is available from your family practice and is free to eligible persons.
  • People are considered immune if they have received two doses of MMR vaccine, have had a measles illness previously, or were born before 1969.
  • Anyone believing they have been exposed to measles or exhibiting symptoms, should not go to the ED or after hours’ clinic or general practitioner. Instead call your GP any time, 24/7 for free health advice.

More information is available from the Canterbury District Health Board website.

UC Rec Centre – sorted your membership yet?

If you’re keen to look after your health and wellbeing while studying, UC Rec & Sport offer great opportunities to lift, move, play and restore. 

UC RecCentre membership is covered by your student services levy* and gives you access to facilities including a gym, boxing training area, climbing wall and sport courts. Membership also includes an extensive group fitness programme with everything from yoga and pump to spin and circuit classes.

New students
If you haven’t sorted your membership yet, you can sign up online – you’ll need to create a new RecCentre account using your student email. During your first visit to the RecCentre we’ll activate your Student ID card and take a photo of you.

Returning students
Your existing 2018 membership will expire on Friday 1 March. You can renew your membership online – you’ll need to log in to your existing RecCentre Account. We’ll then activate your Student ID card when you next visit.

This is also a good time to sign up for social sport leagues, small group training courses and the 2019 Group Fitness Challenge if that interests you.

You can also register your interest in any of the huge range of sports clubs on campus.

Find out more about UC Sport.

*Most classes are at no extra cost if you are registered with the RecCentre. Some classes involve an additional charge.

Help Rod help UCSA!

Help Rod Carr and the UCSA raise money for the new UCSA building by donating to his give a little page as he runs the Queenstown Marathon.

On 17 November 2018 the Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae is running the Queenstown Marathon to raise funds for the new students’ association building.

Following the completion of 20 full marathons, including one on every continent, Dr Rod Carr retired from running full marathons, however he has recently decided to come out of his self-imposed running retirement to enter the 2018 Queenstown International Marathon in November, with the aim of raising funds for the UCSA building.

Please consider donating to him here>

A message from Dr Rod Carr

For the last decade I have had the privilege to play my part in leading an extraordinary institution in extraordinary times. I have been motivated by the impact education has on people, especially younger people taking a first degree. I have been inspired by the students, their community, their clubs, their self-motivation and leadership. In supporting the student body to own and control their own place, we recognise their responsibility and reward their contribution while enabling and empowering generations of future students.

The funds will go towards the $5m fundraising campaign being organised by the University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) for their new building, the old home was damaged beyond repair in the 2011 earthquake.

 
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