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12 SEPTEMBER 2019 – LATEST MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH 

FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON THE MEASLES OUTBREAK PLEASE CLICK HERE 

DO YOU SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MEASLES OUTBREAK, IMMUNISATIONS OR IMMUNITY? CLICK HERE

IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE MEASLES OR HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH A CONFIRMED CASE OF MEASLES, PLEASE CALL US FIRST BEFORE COMING IN. WHEN YOU ARRIVE FOR A CONSULTATION, PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR AND COMMUNICATE WITH US BY PHONE UNTIL A DOCTOR OR NURSE COMES TO YOUR CAR.

PLEASE DO NOT WALK IN FOR MEASLES IMMUNISATION (MMR) WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT. YOU WILL BE ASKED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AT A LATER DATE AS WE NEED TO PRIORITISE OUR VULNERABLE CHILDREN. WE ARE EXPERIENCING HIGH DEMAND AND THE WAIT TO HAVE IMMUNISATIONS AT OUR PRACTICE IS CURRENTLY TWO OR MORE DAYS.

Please be advised that both the Manukau SuperClinic and Clendon Shopping Centre MMR drop in clinics have come to an end (Final clinics were 11 September 2019). This is due to the need to prioritise available stock for scheduled immunisations within primary care.

The advice comes off the back of an immunisation Expert Advisory Group recommendation to focus on ensuring the groups most affected by the current measles outbreak can be vaccinated to protect them and the wider community and help prevent further spread of measles.

This means the first priority for vaccinations should be on:
•   ensuring all children across NZ receive their vaccines on time at 15 months (12 months of age in Auckland) and 4 years to maintain the national childhood immunisation schedule. 
•   vaccinating groups who are most affected by the outbreak in the Auckland area, namely children under 4 years of age, those aged 15-29 years and Pacific peoples within these groups. 
•   proactively contacting children aged up to 14 years who have not had a single dose of vaccine to get vaccinated.

CLICK HERE FOR AN UPDATE TO DATE INFO ON COUNTIES MANUKAU CLINICS.

3 weeks ago

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🖤This is a very special message, whānau.

You may not know it, but at Auckland City Hospital there are designated spaces for the transportation of the Tūpāpaku (deceased). The designated pathway for tūpāpaku to travel along ensures the transportation does not violate the tapu of the deceased or the grieving whānau. One of those areas is what we refer to as the Tūpāpaku Lifts which is considered tapu (sacred). As it is tapu, food, drink, dirty linen and instruments cannot be taken in the lift at any time.

This pathway is very important and a request by our Chief Advisor Tikanga, Dame Rangimārie Naida Glavish, has seen the lift receive a makeover.

“We had messages on the lift informing the public and staff that this was a tūpāpaku lift but we felt it needed more. An upgrade so to speak, one that reinforced the message and protected those who have passed away.”

This morning saw the introduction of illustrations on the lift doors with the aim of reinforcing that we all adhere to the principles of tikanga with regard to this space and its purpose.

Manu (birds) have significance that transcends myth and legend. They are regarded as spiritual messengers. Illustrated by Toby Morris, the design is a combination of birds representing a mix of respect and celebration. Each of the birds in the illustration has significance and can be found in the Auckland DHB region.
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MEASLES FLIGHT ALERT: We have been notified of a case of measles in a passenger travelling from the Gold Coast to Auckland.

Flight details:

> The person departed Coolangatta Airport for Auckland on Virgin Australia flight VA113 at 12.15pm on Saturday 21 September, landing in Auckland at around 5.15pm that day.

It can take 7-14 days to start experiencing symptoms and you are most at risk if you’re not immune to measles, either because you haven’t been vaccinated or you haven’t had the disease previously.

Anyone who was on the same flights, and is not immunised should watch out for measles symptoms including a high fever, runny nose, cough, and sore red eyes.

If you're unsure whether you’re immune to measles, talk to your doctor or call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice. To find out more visit: www.arphs.health.nz/news/measles-case-on-virgin-flight-from-gold-coast-to-auckland/
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4 weeks ago

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MEASLES ALERT: We are asking all those who attended the memorial service for Tongan PM ʻAkilisi Pōhiva on Sunday, 15 September to be alert for measles symptoms if they are unimmunised.

A young Auckland woman at the Tu’ingapapai Free Wesleyan Church service in Favona on this date has since been diagnosed with measles.

Symptoms include a high fever, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes. A few days later a rash starts on the face and neck, and then spreads to the rest of the body.

Talk to your family doctor or call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice. There are translators available through Healthline. We have information on our website translated into Tongan also: www.arphs.health.nz/tongan-measles-translation.

For the full update, visit: www.arphs.health.nz/news/measles-alert-for-tongan-community-as-case-attended-pms-memorial-service/
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4 weeks ago

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Mental Health Awareness Week Day 2

Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
Today is day two of the #MHAWNZ Wellbeing Photo Challenge! The theme is hinengaro/mental and emotional wellbeing. Hinengaro is your mind, heart, conscience, thoughts and feelings. Listen to Stacey Morrison to learn more about it! Nikon New Zealand ambassador Esther Bunning’s photography advice for today is: “This theme provides a great opportunity to explore more abstract themes – texture, blur, movement and shadows.... You could try shooting through abstractions of glass, shadows, plastic, paper or fabrics”. Share a photo showing us how exploring your hinengaro makes you feel – remember to tag us and use #MHAWNZ to be eligible to win a greenleaf organics prize! Stay tuned for an announcement later today on yesterday's lucky winner.
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