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

 

Northland DHB doctors urge parents to immunise children

Northland parents are being urged to vaccinate their children against measles ahead of a potential local outbreak.

After a recent spate of measles cases in Auckland, because of the volume of travellers between the two cities, it is expected a new outbreak of the disease could reach Northland soon.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Clair Mills and Northland DHB paediatrician Dr Roger Tuck are hoping the message will get to parents of children who are medically-fragile, in particular.

“All children should be vaccinated against measles, which is highly infectious. However it is especially important for parents of children with significant on-going medical problems, such as cancer, chronic respiratory disease, chronic kidney disease and those with transplants, for example, to check with their GP or paediatrician to ascertain whether their children are either immune or are likely to need short-term protection if they come into contact with a person with measles,” says Dr Tuck.

“Measles has the potential to be lethal in some of these children.”

Dr Tuck points out that measles is a highly-contagious disease. “If you spend only a short time in the same room with a person with measles, you will contract the disease if you don’t have immunity.

“This is a timely reminder to all parents that immunising their own children also helps to protect our most vulnerable. Parents with medically-fragile children should know their own measles immune status.”

Most people born before 1969 will have natural immunity, but not all adults born since that year will have been effectively vaccinated.

“Checking with your GP will identify whether you are at risk of contracting measles yourself and, thus, putting your child at risk.”

For more information go to the website.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
NZ's First Male IAAF Gold: Tom Walsh's Historic Shot Put Victory

Although feeling very sore but with a great feeling Tom Walsh took his place as number one on the victory dais to receive his much deserved gold medal. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Hard To Find Books

"Unfortunately we are in crisis and this friendly dinosaur faces extinction… Our only hope is to try and raise funds to buy the building and restore it to its glory, either fully funded or with a viable deposit." More>>

Kid Lit: Lost Mansfield Story Discovered At Wellington Library

Previously undiscovered letters and a story written by a young Katherine Mansfield were recently unearthed in Wellington City Library’s archives by a local author researching a book about the famous writer. More>>

Howard Davis: The Takács Quartet

With a repertoire that spans three centuries of classical masterpieces and contemporary compositions, the Takács Quartet has an international reputation for its delicate artistry and technical virtuosity. More>>

Howard Davis: A Doll's House at Circa

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) is considered to be one of the founders of theatrical Modernism and is often referred to as "the father of realism" in the European tradition. More>>

Howard Davis: Redmer Yska's A Strange Beautiful Excitement

Wallace Stevens said that "a vocation recognizes its material by foresight" ... Redmer Yska might find the comparison immodest, yet in his own way he has done something similar.
More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION