MEDIA RELEASES

Measles Vaccination Clinics Extended

Northland District Health Board confirms a further case of measles in Northland, bringing the total confirmed cases to five. Currently all confirmed cases are from the Kerikeri/Whangaroa area.

Dr Clair Mills, Medical Officer of Health at Northland DHB, advises Northlanders to ensure their families are protected from measles.

“This is an avoidable disease where there is an effective vaccine. Immunisation protects not only the individual, but also stops the spread of this disease within our communities.”

“Please double-check that you and your child are not at risk. There is a window of opportunity now to catch up on any missed vaccinations. Vaccination is a much better option than having a very sick child at home for a couple of weeks, or having your teenager miss two weeks of school.”

Vaccination clinics were held over the weekend in Kerikeri and further clinics planned for this week.

Monday 23 May & Tuesday 24 May @ Kerikeri High School – 9am-3pm

Wednesday 25 May & Thursday 26 May @ Northland DHB Oral Health Clinic, 123 Hone Heke Rd, Kerikeri – 9am-3pm


Measles is spread by tiny droplets in the air and is very infectious, easily spreading to those nearby. The first symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes) can be mistaken for a cold, with the rash (appearing on the face and neck and spreading over the body) three to five days later

Dr Mills says anyone displaying symptoms of measles, which include fever, cough, runny nose, sore red eyes, followed by a rash spreading from the head and neck over the body, should immediately telephone their doctor or one of our Public Health Nurses on 0800 222 030 to seek advice.



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