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Is New Zealand Facing a Measles Outbreak? Protecting Yourself and Your Family

Measles Outbreak in New Zealand: A Growing Concern

News headlines warn of a potential measles outbreak in New Zealand, raising concerns about this highly contagious and potentially life-threatening disease. Public health experts believe a significant outbreak is almost certain due to:

  • Falling vaccination rates: New Zealand's vaccination rates have dropped in recent years, leaving more people vulnerable.

  • Global outbreaks: Rising measles cases worldwide increase the risk of imported cases sparking local outbreaks.

Protecting Yourself and Your Loved Ones from Measles:

Vaccination is the key to preventing measles. The MMR vaccine, administered in two doses, offers effective protection against measles, mumps, and rubella.

Here's what you can do:

  • Check your vaccination status: If you and your family are unsure about your MMR vaccination history, consult your doctor immediately.

  • Get vaccinated if needed: If you're unvaccinated or haven't received both MMR doses, getting vaccinated is crucial to protect yourself and others.

  • Spread awareness: Encourage family and friends to check their vaccination status and consult their healthcare providers if uncertain.

By taking action to ensure you and your family are vaccinated, you can significantly reduce the risk of measles spreading and protect the community's health.

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