Other Infectious Diseases
Infectious diseases are monitored and reported by Canterbury by Community & Public Health. Some diseases are notifiable by health practitioners to the Medical Officer of Health. These include: campylobacter, salmonella, giardia, typhoid, cholera, listeria, hepatitis A, B and C, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella, meningitis, legionella, and avian influenza.
Prevention is a priority for Community & Public Health and the National Immunisation Programme is helpful to protect against many diseases. For more information about immunization, click here. For more information on Infectious Disease Management, see the Ministry of Health guidelines here.
Immunisation is the best protection to stop people from getting measles. People ideally need to have two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations and these are free to eligible people.
“Anyone who is not immunised and gets exposed to a case of measles will need to stay home for at least 14 days to ensure the virus doesn’t spread,” says Dr Caroline McElnay, Director of Public Health at the Ministry of Health.
Anyone who suspects they may have measles should avoid contact with other people, especially those who aren’t fully immunised, and phone their General Practice team. For more information either look here or call 0800 IMMUNE.
Recent measles updates from CPRG:
- CPRG Measles Update 5 April 2019
- CPRG Measles Update 28 March 2019
- CPRG Measles and Influenza Update 19 March 2019
- CPRG Measles Update 14 March 2019
- CPRG Measles Update 13 March 2019 new priorities
- CPRG Measles Update 12 March 2019 vaccine orders
- CPRG Measles Update 11 March 2019 vaccine supply
- CPRG Measles Update 11 March 2019
- CPRG Measles Update 8 March 2019
- CPRG Measles Update 7 March 2019