Bay Of Plenty Curbs Measles Cases

Bay Of Plenty Curbs Measles CasesIt seems that the health authorities in the Bay of Plenty have finally been able to curb the measles threat as the last reported cases came way back in December. According to the Medical Officer at the BOP District Health Board, Dr. Phil Shoemack, the number of cases of measles has reduced significantly in BOP area; while there have been occasional cases that have come up in Auckland. In order to make sure that no further cases arrive the authorities have also urged people suspicious of their child's health to visit their nearest GPs.

He added, "General practices have therefore been advised to go back to offering the MMR vaccine at the usual ages of 15 months and four years. It remains important for parents to ensure their children receive both doses of the vaccine for protection from measles".

Measles usually begins with a runny nose, fever, cough and sore eyes, followed by a red, blotchy rash that usually starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. In order to counter that the health authorities at BOP started to give MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine to the children above the age of one, with a second dose offered after a month.