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

 


Hepatitis A contained at Christchurch preschool

MEDIA RELEASE

Friday, April 12, 2013

Hepatitis A contained at Christchurch preschool

Pupils, caregivers, parents and staff from Linwood Kindercare were provided with a Hepatitis A vaccine today (Friday) to prevent potential spread of the virus.

Dr Alistair Humphrey, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, says the vaccination was provided after a child from the preschool was diagnosed with Hepatitis A.

The preschooler diagnosed with Hepatitis A belongs to a Christchurch family that has 12 confirmed Hepatitis A cases. There have been no cases reported in people outside this extended family.

“Hepatitis A is transmitted by the fecal-oral route, and good hand hygiene, particularly thorough hand washing, is key to preventing its spread. Preschools can be a high risk environment for the spread of Hepatitis A, particularly where there is nappy changing,” Dr Humphrey says.

“A hundred and 56 Hepatitis A vaccinations were provided at the preschool today, including every child who attends the preschool, relatives at risk, and staff.”

Dr Humphrey has congratulated the preschool and the parents involved for fully supporting the vaccination programme.

“This is an outstanding effort from the staff, parents and public health nurses. Everyone needing the Hepatitis A vaccine turned up for vaccination today and was quickly processed. The preschool should be commended for the way they have handled this situation. Their actions, and that of parents, have successfully contained Hepatitis A from spreading at the preschool,” Dr Humphrey says.

Linwood Kindercare centre director Lynette Katene says that the centre worked closely with CDHB Public Health Nurses and Community and Public Health to ensure all those eligible for a free vaccine got one.

“We’re delighted that our efforts have helped ensure that there has been no outbreak at Linwood Kindercare,” she says.

Lynette Katene says this experience is a reminder to preschools of the importance of having very high hand washing and hygiene standards.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

TV3 Video: NZ Praised For Sportsmanship After Cricket World Cup Final Loss

New Zealand may have been outplayed in the Cricket World Cup final by Australia, but received praise worldwide for their graciousness in defeat. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Werewolf: Finding Love In Hell

Will it really be 25 years in May since David Lynch’s Wild at Heart won big at Cannes, nabbing no less than the Palme d’Or? Amazing but true, and yet the film that was briefly Lynch’s most feted, now seems to be his most forgotten. More>>

ALSO:

Cricket: Dramatic Win Puts Black Caps In Finals

In Parliament: When Parliament resumed at 2pm the House passed a motion on a voice vote admiring the performance of the New Zealand cricket team in last night’s World Cup semi-final and wishing them well for the final on the weekend. More>>

ALSO:

Moon Shot/Kills Switch: The X Factor Judges Removed

MediaWorks has today decided that Natalia Kills and Willie Moon are no longer suitable to judge The X Factor and have removed them from the show. MediaWorks CEO, Mark Weldon, said that last night on The X Factor both Kills and Moon made comments that were completely unacceptable. More>>

ALSO:

Tessa Nichol: Up Up & Away In The Wairarapa

It’s an overcast morning in the Wairarapa but the mood on the ground in Carterton’s Carrington Park is anything but grey. More than 20 hot air balloons are getting ready to take off into the cloudy sky to mark the start of this year’s Wairarapa Balloon Festival. More>>

Golden Shears: Scotsman Wins Golden Shears Open Final

A Scottish shearer who settled in New Zealand to farm in Taranaki has become the first shearer from overseas to win the Golden Shears Open Shearing Championship. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news