The number of confirmed measles cases in Canterbury has increased to 28. Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads easily from person to person through the air, via breathing, coughing and sneezing.
The Canterbury Primary Response Group has advised current priorities for immunisation are:
- Children and young adults (age range 5 years to 28 years) who are either not immunised or who have only received one Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) dose to date.
Children 12 months to 5 years who have never received any doses of MMR.
- The four-year-old MMR can be brought forward to no sooner than four weeks after the previous MMR.
- Adults aged 29 to 50 (this cohort only received one dose of measles vaccine).
People born before 1969 are considered to be low risk and do not require vaccination.
Not sure if you’ve been immunised?
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 immunisation history.
If you are not enrolled with the UC Health Centre please contact your own General Practitioner (GP) to check your vaccination history.
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 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
UC’s priorities are the health of our university community and supporting staff and students as much as reasonably possible if you get sick.
- If you are sick, or there is sickness or suspected sickness at home, stay home on sick leave. If you don’t have sick leave available, don’t come to work. We will make arrangements with you when you return – for example approval of sick leave in advance.
- If you are affected by a situation like a pre-school closure, please talk to your manager about working from home arrangements or discretionary leave.