Information and updates about measles in the MidCentral District Health Board region.
Measles is highly contagious – and easily preventable. It can affect both children and adults.
General information about measles:
What to do if you think you have measles
Anyone who thinks they may have measles (see symptoms below) should stay away from work, school or public places. If you think you might have measles contact your GP (by phone first) or Healthline on 0800 611 116 for more advice. It is very important you tell your GP that you think you might have measles before going in to the surgery.
Please avoid Palmerston North Hospital's Emergency Department if possible. If you have to visit ED, please ring the triage nurse first on (06) 350 8755 and inform them of your symptoms before you enter the building. Alternatively, you and your support people can put on a mask at the door and report immediately to reception.
Further information and updates about the measles cases confirmed in the MidCentral District Health Board region can be found from the MidCentral DHB News Site
Measles symptoms include: fever, runny nose, cough, and sore red eyes. After 3-5 days a rash appears on the head and spreads down the body.
How is measles spread?
Measles is a very infectious disease so anyone who is not immune to measles is at risk if they come in to contact with the disease. It spreads from person to person through the air from breathing, coughing and sneezing, and contact with those secretions. The disease is contagious from just before symptoms begin until about five days after onset of the rash. The illness usually starts between 10 and 14 days after contact with the measles virus.
Measles can be easily prevented by vaccination. It is the best way for people to protect themselves and is free to those who need it. You can protect both yourself and the community by getting vaccinated:
- Two doses of the measles vaccine is all you need to protect yourself, your family and your community.
- Vaccination is particularly important if you are planning to travel anywhere overseas – to protect yourself and to help prevent outbreaks in New Zealand.
Important Measles information
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To request a different format or printed version, please contact the MidCentral District Health Board Communications Unit.