Immunising children against measles is an urgent priority say GPs

8 February 2023

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The rates of childhood immunisation for measles are concerning and 麻豆视频入口 is urging parents and caregivers to take the threat of this disease seriously.

Current childhood immunisation rates, especially for measles, are well below the recommended level of 90 percent, and the figures are significantly lower for M膩ori and Pasifika tamariki, which increases the risk of poor outcomes from a potential measles outbreak.

Dr Bryan Betty, College Medical Director says, 鈥淚 am deeply concerned. Measles can have devastating effects on our young ones due to the speed at which it can spread within a wh膩nau or community, and the potential for serious complications.

鈥淲e saw this, sadly, in 2019 when 80 children tragically died from a measles outbreak in Samoa. Now the borders have reopened, there is the risk of measles being brought into the country from overseas. This, combined with falling childhood immunisation rates, makes us more vulnerable to this disease.

鈥淲e need immunisation rates to be 90 percent or higher to give protection to the population, especially to babies who can鈥檛 receive their first measles immunisation until 12 months.

鈥淕Ps are urging parents and wh膩nau to visit their local general practice, or community M膩ori and Pasifika health providers and get their young ones immunised as soon as possible,鈥 says Dr Betty.

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Childhood immunisations are provided free of charge and the full childhood immunisation schedule can be found on the .