The UC Health Centre | Whare Hauora o UC is now offering Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations to all UC students and staff who have:
- never been vaccinated
- only had one MMR vaccination.
Note – international students will be charged $25 per MMR vaccine.
If you’re not sure if you’ve been immunised for measles contact the UC Health Centre if you are enrolled there, or your General Practitioner (GP) – they can check your vaccination history.
People born before 1969 are considered to be low risk and do not require vaccination. Many of this group will have had measles.
The number of confirmed measles cases in Canterbury is now at 37, with a further nine cases being investigated.
Measles is a serious and highly infectious illness that spreads easily from person to person through the air, and can be caught simply by being in the same room as someone with measles. Read more about immunisation and symptoms here.
Time: 12 – 12.30pm
Date: Monday 18 March
Location: C Block lawn
We know Friday’s events continue to have a deep impact on people and we are committed to supporting the safety and wellbeing of all students and staff. Our love and support are with everyone and help is available and you are not alone.
As an act of solidarity and support we invite the UC community to band together for a period of reflection, and to support one another.
The gathering will open with a moment of silence and karakia and will be followed by the sharing of halal kai. There will be time to pause and quietly reflect on the past few days, as well as leave a message on the Kia Kaha wall.
As an act of solidarity and to unite in a demonstration of inclusiveness, female students and staff are welcome to wear head scarves. This is a matter of personal choice.
- Classes scheduled between 12pm – 1pm have been cancelled.
- Lectures scheduled from 11am – 1pm will run from 11am – 12pm.
- Lectures scheduled from 12pm – 2pm will run from 1pm – 2pm.
The number of confirmed measles cases in Canterbury has now increased to 25, with more under investigation.
Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads easily from person to person through the air, via breathing, coughing and sneezing.
If you haven’t been immunised for measles or you’ve only received one Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) dose to date, contact your General Practitioner (GP) or the UC Health Centre if you’re an enrolled patient.
If you’re not sure if you’ve been immunised for measles contact your health service provider – they can check your vaccination history.
The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) has advised current priorities for immunisation for more information visit https://www.cdhb.health.nz/ or http://www.primaryhealthresponse.org.nz/.
People born before 1969 are considered to be low risk and do not require vaccination.
Early symptoms include:
- a dry cough
- runny nose
- temperature over 38.5 degrees
Around four or five days in:
- a blotchy face rash usually appears, then moves to the chest and arms.
If you think you have been exposed to measles or are exhibiting symptoms, do not go to the Emergency Department (ED), after hours clinic, UC Health or your general practitioner (GP). Instead phone your GP for advice first.
If you have the measles:
- you are infectious 5 days before and until 5 days after the rash appears
- you need to be in isolation from the time you become ill until 5 days after the rash has appeared. This means staying away from university, work, sporting competitions and social events.
If you get sick
- If you or someone you’ve been in close contact with are sick with suspected measles stay home – do not come to university.
- If a measles case impacts on your course work, phone or email your course coordinator in the first instance. More information about special consideration due to unforeseen circumstances is available on the UC website at https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/special-consideration/