Measles outbreak - Pacific Language Fact Sheets

With the number of measles cases now at 35 in Auckland, Auckland Regional Public Health Service have confirmed the region was experiencing an "outbreak" of the disease. We share Pasifika translations of Measles Fact Sheets in order to help spread information on how to recognise symptoms so our people are better able to protect themselves and their families

 

 

Latest figures show 103 confirmed cases of measles across the country.

 

In Canterbury, 39 measles cases have been confirmed so far, and there were 14 confirmed cases in Bay of Plenty, and one case confirmed in Northland and another waiting on the test results.

 

Measles is a highly infectious and serious illness, especially for non-immune pregnant women, babies and people with weakened immune systems.

 

Vaccination is the best protection against measles but because babies can't receive their first MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine until 15 months, babies younger than that are particularly vulnerable.

 

People should be vigilant for the signs and symptoms of measles – fever, cough, runny nose and sore red eyes.

 

After three to five days a rash appears on the face, before moving down the body.

 

 

Please get your children vaccinated at 15 months and 4 years old to prevent measles. It’s free at the doctor.

 

If you or your child has not had a measles vaccine, please see your doctor.

 

We are sharing information about measles widely to help people:

 

• Recognise the symptoms

 

• Understand how to protect themselves and their families

 

• Know what action to take if they think they or a family member has measles, or has been exposed to someone with the illness.

 

Click to read the information in Maori, Samoan, Tongan or Niuean.

 

Been close to someone with measles? Or showing symptoms? Stay at home and call your doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116) for advice. Healthline has interpreters – when your call is answered, say you’d like an interpreter and the language you’d like to speak in.
 

 

02/05/19