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New Zealand prepares for major measles outbreak with free vaccinations

14 March 2019

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of the United States recommends routine childhood immunization and the MMR vaccine for students at post-high school educational institutions without evidence of measles immunity, people who are born during or after 1957 who do not have evidence of immunity against measles, and global travelers.

"It makes me so angry", he told CNN.

Arowhenua Whanau Services primary health nurse Jackie Corby said the clinic is not doing anything specific for measles, and they are going by the guidance given by the Ministry of Health. "They were persuaded by the anti-vaxers".

Jefferson County residents are expressing concerns about vaccinations now that a confirmed case of measles has been reported in the county. The first was confirmed in Denton County last month.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. The first dose is typically received by the children at the time when they turn 15 months old and the second dose is generally given to them when they reach the age of 4 years. It might also lead to serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain).

While on February 14, World Health Organization also warned that at least 922 children and young adults have died of measles in Madagascar since October, despite a huge emergency vaccination program.

All these can easily be prevented by getting vaccinated.

The measles immunization rate for OH children ages 4 to 6 - children who have received the recommended two doses of MMR vaccine - is 92 percent, according to the Erie County Health Department statistics.

Widespread immunization all but eliminated measles from the United States by the year 2000. It has been debunked that vaccines cause autism. Other anti-vaxers said that they distrust the government and pharmaceutical companies.

Canterbury medical officer of health, Cheryl Brunton, said of the additional vaccination supplies that have been requested, none are destined for South Canterbury.

New Zealand prepares for major measles outbreak with free vaccinations