Southern DHB encourages individuals to rise up to this point with MMR vaccinations

The Southern District Well being Board is encouraging individuals to make sure they’re updated with their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations to scale back the chance of a measles outbreak.

Persons are being urged to make sure that they’re up-to-date with their MMR vaccinations.
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In 2019, there have been greater than 2000 instances of measles nationwide with about 72 instances within the Southern area.

Southern DHB measles marketing campaign coordinator Deborah Hay-Corkin mentioned low immunisation charges and the reopening of worldwide borders elevated the possibilities of a measles outbreak.

“As international locations world wide reply to Covid-19, many MMR immunisation programmes have been paused,” she mentioned.

“Now that New Zealand’s borders are opening up, worldwide journey places us at elevated danger of a measles outbreak.”

Measles was a severe and extremely contagious illness that will put further strain on a well being system already grappling with the consequences of the pandemic, the DHB mentioned.

“Two doses of the MMR vaccine will defend 99 % of individuals towards measles,” she mentioned.

“We are able to cease outbreaks of measles if sufficient individuals have their MMR vaccination.”

Individuals might examine their data or ask their physician to seek out out if they’ve had their two doses.

The DHB really helpful that if individuals didn’t know for positive, it was finest to play it protected and get the vaccine.

“There are not any further security considerations with having further MMR doses, and it’s also possible to safely have your MMR vaccine concurrently your Covid-19 vaccine,” Kay-Corkin mentioned.

MMR vaccines had been accessible at many southern pharmacies on a walk-in foundation and thru GPs, and there have been plans for mass vaccination clinics throughout the area within the coming weeks.

To date, there was little uptake of this service.

Individuals might name Healthline on 0800 611 116 or go surfing to for extra details about the MMR vaccine.

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