GOLDEN BAY COMMUNITY HEALTH
UPDATEd 14 March 2018
Advice for GBCH staff and community during current measles outbreak
· There have been no cases in GB during this outbreak, thus far.
· Measles is a highly contagious viral disease causing cold like symptoms, high fever and generally a very miserable patient.
· Rash usually starts after a couple of days, usually from the head down.
· Some patients will become extremely unwell and need hospitalisation.
· You can catch measles from 5 days BEFORE the rash to five days AFTER.
· Any child aged over 1 yr can have their first MMR, with the second given 4 weeks after that.
· Children under 1yr can be vaccinated but will still need a further 2 vaccines after aged 1yr.
· These infants can be protected by their contacts being immunised – ie family , especially those with pre-school and school contacts.
· Any child between the age of 15months to 4yrs can be brought in for their second MMR – you do not need to wait until 4 yrs old.
· We have vaccines available for these situations.
· We are keen to talk to any families of un-vaccinated child and discuss their options again.
· It is assumed that anyone born BEFORE 1969 will have immunity to measles as they were probably exposed to it in childhood
· Anyone born between 1969 and 1992 will most likely have had 1 vaccine and can have another – currently our stock may not allow for this and 1 vacc will give pretty good cover anyway
· Anyone after 1992 should have had 2 vaccines as per the national schedule
· If you are not sure if you had a second vaccine and/or we do not have a record of it you can have a further single vaccine (in the form of the MMR)
MMR is the ONLY vaccine preparation for measles in NZ
ANYONE - child or adult - who does not have confirmed immunity and who is exposed to a confirmed case of measles should remain at home for 2 weeks
ANYONE ringing or attending GBCH who is unwell with cold and fever should be isolated on arrival. Cases of suspected measles MUST NOT sit in the waiting room.