Measles is a very contagious disease that is spread via the air through coughing or sneezing.
Early symptoms include:
- runny nose
- sore red eyes
- white spots may be present inside the mouth
- a few days later a rash on the face then the body may appear.
If you or your child have these symptoms please phone the nurse at your local GP or phone Healthline to discuss the symptoms before coming in to see the Doctor. Precautions may need to be taken to make sure the disease is contained. If someone has measles and is waiting in the waiting room whilst coughing and sneezing, measles if very likely to spread to the others present who are not immune. 90% of unprotected people that come into contact with the virus will develop measles. Caution also applies to visiting other public places such as shopping centres, and for school attendance.
If measles is diagnosed, Auckland Regional Public Health will be notified. There is a process for isolating known contacts and anyone presenting with symptoms of measles.
Patients with suspected measles need to isolate at their own home, this is very important to prevent the spread of measles as it is so contagious.
If needing to go to the doctor, to hospital or to have a blood test, advance notice to the service is recommended to avoid common waiting rooms.
If you are uncertain about your vaccination history, please phone the nurse about whether you need to get an MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine.
We are encouraging all people including those traveling overseas to make sure they are fully vaccinated. The Ministry of Health advises infants age 6-12 months can have an extra funded dose of MMR vaccine prior to travel and children from 12 months may start their usual 2 dose course early. Please check with the practice if you are concerned or need further advice. You can also go to http://www.immune.org.nz/ for more information.
Flu Vaccines are now available from 1 April 2019.
Fully Funded sexual health screening is available for people aged 15 to 24 years. It is recommended you are tested for sexually transmitted infections twice yearly if you have changed partners or are concerned. For free confidential advice please call and speak to the nurses.
HPV vaccines for your pre teen or teenager. The HPV vaccine protects against cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. From age 15 a series of 3 vaccines will be given. This is funded up to the age of 27 years.
Zostavax is the Shingles preventative vaccine. This is fully funded for adults aged 65 years to 80 years old. Zostavax is also available for individuals aged 50 to 64 years or over 81 and can be purchased through the practice. Ask our nurses or your doctor if Zostavax is right for you.
For further information on any of these services please speak to the nurse.