As you are likely aware, there is a large and ongoing outbreak of measles in Christchurch, with 26 cases as at 14 March. Auckland and Dunedin now also have measles cases.
While there are currently no reported cases in the greater Wellington region, people will move around NZ during the school holiday period of 13 – 28 April, which includes Easter (19 April –22 April), and ANZAC Day (25 April), and it is likely measles will spread.
Accordingly, attached is an information sheet and FAQs regarding measles.
Prepared by RPH Medical Office of Health Dr Annette Nesdale, this information is intended for circulation to staff, students and parents.
Regional Public Health also asks:
• All schools check staff are protected from measles. Some schools in prior years have had to close during measles outbreaks when staff haven’t been able to quickly confirm their immunisation status.
• All schools ensure staff and pupils have measles protection before any planned school or sporting trips to Christchurch or areas overseas where measles is occurring.
• Primary schools ensure that their immunisation registers are up to date (a legal requirement).
• Intermediate and secondary schools may also want to note if pupils have been immunised for measles. This will reduce confusion and delays if a case occurs at their schools.
More information is available on:
• Regional Public Health – www.rph.org.nz
• Ministry of Health – www.health.govt.nz
• Immunisation Advisory Centre – www.immune.org.nz