Following the tragic events in Christchurch, your children and other family members may have lots of questions or be fearful. It is ok not to have all the answers. At times like this, children want and need to feel safe, so being there to answer their questions is really important as is lots of extra love and hugs.
Plunket is hosting a live Facebook Chat session tonight, to support families with questions on the Canterbury Measles outbreak. Plunket Chief Nurse Dr Jane O’Malley says Plunket – through its nursing and PlunketLine freephone 24/7 services – has been inundated with questions from parents and families seeking information and advice on Measles. “It’s clear to us that parents want to know how they can best protect themselves and their family and what they should do if they suspect their child or a family member has measles.
Immunisation is your best protection against measles, which is an incredibly infectious and serious illness. Two doses of MMR vaccine are free for all unimmunised or partially immunised people who were born after 1969, and are over 12 months’ old. There are now 28 confirmed cases of the measles in the Canterbury area.
The Karori Plunket Crѐche will close, despite considerable efforts by Plunket and crѐche parents to find a way to make the crѐche sustainable. Plunket Chief Commercial Officer Duncan Scott says Plunket has been working with the crѐche parents who had hoped to transfer the crѐche to their operation. “A huge amount of hard work and planning has been done by the parents and Plunket, but we have been unable to find a solution that can secure the long term financial viability of the crѐche.