News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Parents Urged To Get Children Immunised

12 June, 2008

Parents Urged To Get Children Immunised Following Measles Outbreak

Parents are being encouraged to ensure their children get their free measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination, following a measles outbreak at a Christchurch preschool.

Two children at the preschool have been diagnosed with measles since 30 May. Parents of 21 children who have been in contact with the two affected children are currently being contacted by staff from the CDHB’s Community and Public Division and asked to see their General Practice or after hours centre for immunisation advice.

Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey said the MMR vaccination was the best way for parents to protect their children against measles. He urged all parents to check whether their children’s immunisations were up to date and to get them vaccinated according to the national childhood immunisation schedule.

Children should receive two doses of the MMR vaccination, at 15 months and four years old. However, children who miss one of their vaccinations at the required time are able to get free “catch up doses” and should still present to their General Practice.

Measles is a highly infectious disease that can spread from person to person through the air by breathing, coughing and sneezing. It can cause a rash, high fever, a runny nose and sore, watery eyes. It can lead to pneumonia, ear infections, brain damage and can occasionally be fatal. The incubation period for the disease is seven to 18 days and people with the disease can be infectious for up to four days before the first symptoms occur. No cases of measles were reported in Canterbury last year. The last measles epidemic in the region occurred eight years ago.

For more information about the free childhood immunisation schedule, contact 0800 IMMUNE or see


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis Review: Smelling the Merchandise - The Death of Stalin

Having satirised British democracy with such devastating effect, Armando Iannucci has now turned his lens on the dangers inherent in Soviet authoritarianism. Every gag is girdled with fear and the bleak humour is so pitch black it could only have been pumped from deep underground. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Creole Stylings of Cécile McLorin Salvant

"You only get a singer like this once in a generation or two," commented Wynton Marsalis, who has repeatedly hired her to front his jazz orchestra and mounted a 25 foot high portrait of her on the exterior of Lincoln Center. “She radiates authority. She has poise, elegance, soul, humour, sensuality, power, virtuosity, range, insight, intelligence, depth, and grace.” More>>

Max Rashbrooke Review: The King's Singers and Voices New Zealand

To be good at one thing is impressive; to be so versatile across a range of genres is truly exceptional. The latest incarnation of this six-strong male singing group includes Kiwi Christopher Bruerton, and it was a delight to hear him sing the solo on the achingly beautiful My Love Is like a Red, Red Rose. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland