Measles Misinformation Draws The Attention Of Canada's Chief Public Health Officer

Maricruz Casares
Marcha 15, 2019

In New Zealand, health authorities are preparing for a major vaccination drive after a measles outbreak was confirmed as likely to spread across the South Island's Canterbury region.

She says doctors need to help parents distinguish fact from fiction.

"So far, our immunization accomplishment may be attributed to the zealousness of the health workers in trying to stem the upsurge in measles cases", he added.

People who may have come in contact should be alert for measles symptoms, which include a high fever, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes. Some parents may question, hesitate or delay vaccinating their children for a variety of reasons, but they all want to protect their children from harm.

She's urging doctors across the country to take the time to answer questions from anxious parents about vaccinating their kids to help stop the spread of measles.

The Ministry of Health is working closely with Pharmac and Canterbury DHB to respond to the local Canterbury measles outbreak and ensure our national immunisation schedule continues on track elsewhere in the country.

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"We are targeting to vaccinate our schoolchildren at this time before school closes on April 5, since we are nearly finished vaccinating in our health centers", Duque said.

Wellington issued information sheets about the highly-contagious disease to early childhood centres and schools.

As of 2015, the most recent figures available, the health agency says about 89 per cent of Canadian children received the recommended dose of the measles vaccine by age two, and 86 per cent had received the recommended dose by age seven.

There is no cure for measles, but most people fully recover within two or three weeks. Some have spoken of hard recoveries that have taken weeks or months, sometimes leaving permanent disabilities, and heartbreakingly, some have spoken about losing their children.

She says it's alarming that a vaccine-preventable disease, like the measles, is making a comeback.

For children, the effects of the disease can be worse.

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