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kingdragonfly
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  #2311036 5-Sep-2019 11:47
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U.S. Consulate created this alert

Alert Message for U.S. Citizens: Measles Outbreak

5 September 2019

Measles is circulating in New Zealand, particularly in the Auckland region. Please follow the Ministry of Education link for more details about the 2019 measles outbreak.

Measles is a disease caused by a virus that is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing.

Measles virus is highly contagious and can remain so for up to 2 hours in the air or on surfaces.

Symptoms of measles are rash, high fever, cough, runny nose,and red, watery eyes.

CDC recommends that travelers to New Zealand (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/new-zealand) protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles with the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.

Before departure from the United States, infants (6 through 11 months of age) should have 1 dose of MMR vaccine, and adults and children over 1 year of age should have 2 doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days.

The New Zealand Ministry of Education is advising those with travel plans to Auckland to make sure every family member has been vaccinated against measles prior to commencing travel, keeping in mind that the vaccine takes two weeks to become effective.

Visitors may wish to consult the NZ Immunization Schedule for general guidance. For more specific questions, contact a health care professional....

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  #2311038 5-Sep-2019 11:48
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After a nightmare 3 months, tomorrow, assuming no-one with higher need gets in first, I'll be able to get my booster vaccination!


  #2311154 5-Sep-2019 13:01
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Please follow the Ministry of Education link

 

Which leads to a Ministry of Health website
D'Oh

 

It is far more logical that you'd get health information from Ministry of Health than the Ministry of Education




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  #2311190 5-Sep-2019 14:05
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The left out 'Circulating NZ that was likely introduced from offshore...'


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  #2311241 5-Sep-2019 14:18
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PolicyGuy:


Please follow the Ministry of Education link


Which leads to a Ministry of Health website
D'Oh


It is far more logical that you'd get health information from Ministry of Health than the Ministry of Education



The schools are walking a fine line, creating just enough panic to get insert expletive of choice here parents on board, but not so much panic that parents stop letting their kids outside their home.


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  #2311278 5-Sep-2019 15:23
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PolicyGuy:

 

It is far more logical that you'd get health information from Ministry of Health than the Ministry of Education

 

 

Your childlike naivety and optimism in the face of overwhelming bureaucracy is engaging.

 

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  #2312593 8-Sep-2019 06:23
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Rikkitic:


Nice idea but when one in  10,000 vaccinations goes wrong, the conspiracy nuts will be all over it.


 



i have an American anti-vax friend living here.


she says the measles outbreak is caused by vaccines. she has science and medical journals to prove it. she feels sad and frustrated for vaxxers who are so ignorant.





Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.




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  #2312606 8-Sep-2019 08:13
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The Anchor AIMS Games will have 11,000 students and who knows how many supporters attending.

This sounds like a perfect storm. The "90%" vacinated figure is unreferenced, and I couldn't find anything that repeats that figure. I bet if you dug, it would be from a non-health professional, probably a coach.

I understand to between 94% to 95% is needed is needed for herd immunity.

Symptoms don't show up till at least 10 days afterwards. I'm sure if there is a spike 10 days afterwards, no one involved in the tournament will admit they put people's lives at risk to play student rugby.

Opening ceremony is Sunday 8th September

Thousands of school kids around NZ, Pacific Islands warned of measles risk ahead of AIMS Games

By Laura James, TV1 reporter

Bear in mind the risks, and be sensible - that's the message from health officials as more than 11,000 intermediate-age students gather for a sports tournament, amid a measles outbreak.

The annual AIMS Games in Tauranga kicks off tomorrow, with more than 300 schools from around New Zealand and the Pacific Islands taking part.

The teams from Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands gathered today for a welcome event and training.

Of the 49 students here from the islands, only seven aren't vaccinated or are unsure of their vaccination status, 85%.

...Overall, around 90 per cent of those set to attend the event over the course of this week are vaccinated.
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Measles outbreak: Disease confirmed on international flight

Another case of the measles aboard an international flight has been reported, as New Zealand continues to fight the worst measles epidemic in over two decades.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of a case of measles in a New Zealand passenger who flew between Auckland and Perth earlier this month.

...Public Health Medicine specialist Dr Maria Poynter said people who may have been in contact with that person should be vigilant for symptoms of the highly infectious disease.

"It can take 7-14 days to start experiencing symptoms and you are most at risk if you're not immune to measles," she said.

"People become immune if they have been vaccinated or they have had the disease previously."

Measles is an airborne disease that spreads easily through the air via coughing and sneezing.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12269445

MP: Asian children refused measles vaccination as they weren't the priority

Children of Asian descent have reportedly been denied a measles vaccination because they were not Māori or Pasifika.

National list MP Melissa Lee told Parliament during question time that she had been contacted by a Mt Albert resident, a friend of the family, who said their 5 and 8-year-olds were turned away by a doctor on Monday.

Lee said the children's mother had offered to pay for the vaccinations but told her the doctor declined to provide them because Māori and Pasifika children were the priority.

Many clinics have been forced to ration vaccinations in the past few weeks as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise daily and stocks ran low. While DHBs agree children under 4 are a priority there seems to be different positions when it comes to ethnicity.

...Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter – the Minister in charge of the Government's response to the measles outbreak – told the Herald she was not aware of this specific case.

"The guidelines which have been issued by the Ministry and District Health Boards are quite clear that the childhood immunisation schedule should be maintained – it has nothing to do with ethnicity."
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https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12268886

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  #2358375 21-Nov-2019 07:47
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From the U.S. Consulate General Auckland, New Zealand

Message for U.S. Citizens/Nationals Regarding the Measles Outbreak in Samoa and Entry to American Samoa from Samoa and Tonga

November 20, 2019

Retransmitting message sent from Embassy Apia

The Independent State of Samoa (Samoa) declared a State of Emergency on November 15 in response to a measles outbreak. https://www.facebook.com/samoagovt/?epa=SEARCH_BOX. The order states it is a mandatory legal requirement for members of the public who have not yet received the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) injection to obtain one. United States Citizens/Nationals residing in or visiting Samoa should regularly refer to the Samoan government Facebook page for the latest updates

Separately, American Samoa declared a public health emergency on November 13 requiring all visitors entering American Samoa from the Independent State of Samoa or the Kingdom of Tonga must provide proof of MMR immunity as a condition of entry. https://www.facebook.com/americansamoadepartmentoflegalaffairs/

Actions to Take:

  • Consult a medical professional to make sure your immunizations are up-to-date.

  • Carry proof of your MMR vaccination or immunity with you.

  • Visit the CDC webpage on the Global Measles Outbreak Notice and what you can do to protect yourself and immunization recommendations.
    For further information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and New Zealand Country Specific Information.

  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

  • Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland, New Zealand located at Citigroup Centre, 3rd Floor, 23 Customs Street East, Auckland or at +64-9-303-2724, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +64-4-462-6000.

  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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      #2358466 21-Nov-2019 09:24
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    11 deaths in Samoa




    Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.


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      #2358470 21-Nov-2019 09:26
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    kingdragonfly: From the U.S. Consulate General Auckland, New Zealand

     

    • Carry proof of your MMR vaccination or immunity with you.

    If US vaccination records are anything like those in NZ, for anyone over 20 this is pretty difficult..

     

    How many people here have their "plunket" books??


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    There seems to be a noticable shift in opinion on social outlets than previous.

    A lot less 'its harmless and therefore I dont' like normally used in stories of these cases.

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    Batman: 11 deaths in Samoa

     

     

     

    which is probably more than  people dying from getting the vaccine





    Common sense is not as common as you think.


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      #2358617 21-Nov-2019 12:48
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    Every time I see an anti-vaccine post, inevitably it's without any link to proof.

    Deaths caused by vaccination are extremely rare, around one per 500,000.

    A person is far more likely to be seriously or fatally injured by a disease prevented by vaccines than by a vaccine itself.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4599698/

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