Ministry issues warning on measles
5:00PM Monday Jul 20, 2009
A rapid rise in the number of cases of measles is a reminder for parents to make sure that their children's immunisations are up to date, say health
There have been 90 notified measles cases so far this year - more than seven times higher than the total number of cases for all of last year,
according to the Ministry of Health.
The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine was very effective if children got it on time at 15 months and four years of age, and once fully immunised, 90
to 95 per cent of children were protected from measles, said the ministry's chief adviser for population health, Greg Simmons.
"Talk to your family doctor or practice nurse if your child is behind with an immunisation - it's never too late to catch up," he
There has been a lot of reassurance in the NZ media lately, that it is vital that your children are vaccinated. In the case of Measles, we have the
MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine which is often given to children at 15 months, then again at 4 years old. The latest measles outbreak has been
blamed on children not being immunised.
Here is an excerpt from another article from the same news source
Measles Outbreak in Canterbury Continues
Half of all the children who had contracted measles since the outbreak began were not immunised.
"Our investigations have excluded that a defective batch of measles vaccine was a cause of this outbreak.
"We are now investigating other reasons why children who have
been immunised may have still caught measles," Dr Pink
So half the people who contracted measles weren't immunised. That means half
the people that caught it WERE immunised.
If thats the case, how do they keep saying the vaccine is 90% to 95% effective?
It's hard to say, as we don't know what kind of ratio of the children are vaccinated.
If there are more children that are
vaccinated, that means that they have in fact, been more likely
to contract measles!
But it's not just the MMR which is being recommended and reassured that it's safe, but also the Gardasil vaccine being regularly reassured.
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While most schools offer this vaccine to their young girls, some have stood up and said they refuse to due to the risk of serious side effects. Some
will say that is stupid and the benefits outweigh the risk. But i give a big
to them for making a stand, as who knows how effective it actually
is, while there are now close to 50 deaths linked to the Gardasil vaccine.
Yet the reassurance in the media continues.
This is all being brought out just before the push for swine flu vaccinations. Is this coincidence, or an actual push to encourage more people to take
I know our neighbours across the ditch in Australia are prepared to start administering the "swine flu" vaccine soon, and I don't think we'll be
too far behind. I'm pretty sure there is no way the vaccine will be mandatory, as cases here have been relatively mild (although there have been some
deaths, and my heart goes out to the victims families), and people are no longer being tested for it. But why the consistent urge for people to take