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UC Health – Wellbeing tips

During times of uncertainty in particular, it’s important to look after yourself and your wellbeing. Dr Victoria Price and Dr Jane Scott from the UC Health Centre share their practical and simple tips to help you look after you.

They focus on three areas of wellbeing including, mind, body and connection, providing you with examples of how you can experience Mauri Ora / flourishing wellness through staying well, staying safe, and staying connected.

Many thanks to Dr Price & Dr Scott who took valuable time out to film just before the lockdown!

Stay tuned on Insider’s Guide blog for more wellbeing tips and resources.

If you have any queries or concerns at this time, please contact ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz

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.

 

Measles update

The number of confirmed measles cases in Canterbury has now reached 30.

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.

What are the symptoms?
Symptoms are usually a fever, cough, runny nose, sore and watery eyes, and sometimes small white spots in the mouth. Over the next few days a blotchy rash appears, starting on the face and behind the ears, and moving down the body.

If you develop any of these symptoms stay at home and phone the UC Health Centre if you are enrolled there or your General Practitioner (GP) for advice as soon as possible.   

Immunisation

  • If you have had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR – Mumps, Measles and Rubella), have had the measles before, or were born before 1969 you are unlikely to develop the measles.
  • Those born between 1969 and 1990 are considered to have a good level of protection. This group were offered one measles vaccine and evidence suggests that one dose of MMR protects 95% of people from developing measles.
  • If you’re not sure if you’ve been immunised for measles, contact your health service provider – they can check your vaccination history.

Priority group for vaccination
To ensure vaccines are being provided to those in greatest need, a vaccination programme is being rolled out by general practices which prioritises those who need it most.  

The immediate priority is those aged 12 months to 28 years who have never been immunised. As more vaccine becomes available the MMR vaccine will be made available to other priority groups.

If you are enrolled at the UC Health Centre, meet the criteria for vaccination and have not yet been contacted, please call the UC Health Centre to book in for your MMR vaccine. Otherwise please contact your General Practitioner (GP).