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.
Dr O’Malley says immunisation is the best protection against measles, which is an incredibly infectious and serious illness.
“You have a 90% chance of catching it just by walking past someone who has the disease.”
She says Plunket will host a live Facebook Chat and Q&A session at 8.00pm today (Monday 2 September) where parents can ask questions of health professionals.
“It’s important people get accurate, informative and up-to-date information and that’s what Plunket can provide.
People are advised to register for a vaccine with their General Practice if they are unsure of their immunisation history.
The Facebook Live session can be viewed on the Plunket Facebook timeline from 8.00pm and will be available in the video section after - http://www.facebook.com/PlunketNZ
For up to date advice on the Auckland measles outbreak, follow Auckland Regional Public Health Service on Facebook and their website. Call HealthLine on 0800 611 116, your local GP, or PlunketLine on 0800 933 922 if you suspect a family member may have measles symptoms.
For questions around immunisation, call 0800 IMMUNE (466 863) or a PlunketLine Nurse on 0800 933 922 - or speak with your Doctor, Nurse Practitioner or Practice Nurse.
2 September 2019