The United States is currently experiencing a multi-state measles outbreak, which originated in two Californian amusement parks and has spread to six other states and also to Mexico. There have been over 100 cases to date. Despite our smaller size, last year’s outbreak in New Zealand was larger, affecting 280 people and there have been recent cases in the news.
Population immunity to measles needs to be around 95 percent to prevent sustained outbreaks. New Zealand’s population immunity is estimated to be around 90 percent – this means that more than 450,000 people are unprotected against measles! While immunisation rates for young children are now very high, those aged 10-29 years are least likely to be protected.
The New Zealand Ministry of Health is currently developing plans to improve our population immunity to measles. Without a sustained effort, it is likely that we will continue to have outbreaks for decades to come, at significant costs to both the patients affected and the health system as a whole. A measles outbreak in a tertiary institution would be particularly disruptive to both students and staff.
At UC we look after ourselves and after our mates so if you are uncertain about whether you have been immunised in childhood, your parents or your childhood GP records may help.
The Campus Health Centre staff are happy to provide vaccine protection if you need it.
You’re welcome to use the Health Centre without enrolling, but you’ll end up paying more. Luckily it’s really easy to sign up as a patient! Just fill out the patient enrolment form and hand it in at the Health Centre.
The Health Centre also provides a fantastic counselling service which you are welcome to use if you need it. In most cases this service is free to students who have paid their levy.
Quality physiotherapy treatment is another provided service. There is no charge for the first appointment if it’s covered by ACC.
What you may need to know:
Medical appointments are 15 minutes long. If you think you’ll require longer please advise the receptionist when you book!
If your needs are urgent (such as an emergency) you will be seen to on that day.
You will be charged for an appointment even if you don’t show up. Call the receptionist to cancel if you think you won’t make it.
In case you’re the kind who misses the obvious, either due to lack of attention or simply because of oblivion, there’s a handy little pharmacy on campus to make our lives easier.
Located in the Undercroft, next to the Copy Centre is the Uni Pharmacy; your one-stop shop for all medicine needs. If you’re under any University approved student insurance, your prescriptions from the UC Health Centre are made available to you at no extra cost. Then, there’s always the good old student discount if you’re after something else. To keep things interesting and fun, the pharmacy has extended its products to more than just medicines. There’s a wide range of toiletries, sanitary items and cosmetic brands all of well-known and recognisable brands, and even some scarves with vibrant prints! The friendly and very approachable staff at the pharmacy only add to the convenience of the experience. They ALWAYS greet you with a smile and ensure that you are taken care of and know your way around. They assist you with making decisions if you need it and answer any queries regarding your prescription, if you have any. Even if you don’t need anything from the pharmacy, it’s a good idea to visit it at least once and take a good look around. It will give you a good idea of what is in there and the price ranges, in case you or anyone you know is in need. Just make sure to carry your Canterbury Card when you visit so that you can avail that student discount, in case you decide to pick up something impulsively (trust me; something WILL catch your eye! I speak out of experience.).