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Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccines available at UC Health Centre

Currently Christchurch has no measles cases. However, the UC Health Centre still wants to see you if you:

  • have never received an Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination in the past
  • have commenced a course of MMR and need a 2nd booster
  • are uncertain of your vaccination history or have close contact with someone who is unable to be vaccinated such as a young baby or a household contact with compromised immunity

A single measles vaccination given to those born between 1969 and 1994 is sufficient to give 95% immunity and the health authorities are not recommending that these people get a booster shot.

If in doubt, please come and check in with the team at the Health Centre.

 

Latest update – measles

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.

Immunisation   
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.

Measles symptoms
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/

Update – measles alert

There are now 14 confirmed measles cases in Canterbury. Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads easily from person to person through the air, via breathing, coughing and sneezing.

  • If you catch measles you are infectious 5 days before and until 5 days after the rash appears (see symptoms below).
  • Anyone with measles needs to be in isolation from the time they become ill until 5 days after the rash has appeared. This means staying away from university, work, sporting competitions and social events. 

Not sure if you’ve been immunised?  
The best protection is for people born after 1969 to have had two MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccinations.

If you are not sure if you’ve been immunised for measles, and you’re enrolled at the UC Health Centre please phone them as soon as possible – they can check your vaccination history.

If you are not enrolled with the UC Health Centre please contact your own General Practitioner (GP) to check your vaccination history.

If you are exposed to measles and haven’t been immunised, you’ll need to be isolated for at least 14 days. 

Symptoms
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 UC Health or your GP for advice.

More information
Canterbury District Health Board website – search measles
Ministry of Health website