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Measles case confirmed in Mount Maunganui, renewed appeal to get vaccinated

A case of measles has been confirmed in Mount Maunganui, prompting the Bay of Plenty's public health unit to urge parents to ensure their children receive their vaccines.

The Mount Maunganui case comes amid measles outbreaks in Christchurch and Auckland.

Dr Jim Miller, Medical Officer of Health for Toi Te Ora Public Health, says with measles now reported locally, it’s most important that parents ensure their children receive their routine measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunisations on time at 15 months and four years of age.

He says immunisations rates in young children have been reasonably good in recent years.

However older teenagers and young adults in their twenties had lower rates of immunisation and anyone in these age groups who missed their immunisations, or is uncertain if they were immunised, should speak to their family doctor about getting a dose of MMR vaccine.

The first early symptoms of measles are fever, runny nose, sore red eyes and cough. After three to five days a red, blotchy rash appears on the face and head and then spreads down the body.

Dr Miller urges anyone who may have measles to stay at home and phone their doctor to make arrangements to be assessed safely, without infecting other people, or call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice.

- administration of antigenic material (vaccine) to stimulate an individual's immune system to develop adaptive immunity to a pathogen.
Measles vaccine (file picture). Source: istock.com