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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.

Think first. Kia Mataara.

Think first is all about taking care of yourself and your mates while you’re studying here at UC. Here’s some essential things to remember.

Look out for others – UC is a busy place, especially between lectures when students, lecturers and tutors are on the move to their next class. Whether you’re walking, biking, skateboarding or driving around campus – keep an eye on those around you to avoid any collisions.

Take care on roads – including roads on campus like University Drive and Homestead Lane. Use pedestrian crossings and look both ways before you cross. If you’re on your bike, use cycle lanes where provided.

Report hazards on campus – If you notice a hazard around campus report it to Security, call 0800 823 637 (save this number in your mobile phone). Let them know what and where the hazard is, and the Security team will get it sorted. You could be helping to prevent potential chaos!

Stay alert near campus construction sites – Work on Haere-roa (the new UCSA building), as well Beatrice Tinsley is due to finish later this year. And work has started on new student accommodation on Homestead Lane. Take extra care when you’re near building sites on campus – watch out for trucks and construction vehicles coming and going, and follow any detours and instructions on signs in place.

Staying safe on campus

Your safety is important to us. Security Officers are on campus 24 hours 7 days a week and provide assistance and support for students and staff. If you are uncomfortable at any time, or for any reason – call Security on 0800 823 637 for assistance. 

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