GPH Issues Measles Reminder

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May 06, 2019

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Grand Pacific Health, the owners of Grand Pacific Health Centre Nowra (GPHCN) and Shell Cove Family Health (SCFH) are urging anyone who is unsure if they’ve been vaccinated against measles to either have their immunisation status checked, or book in to get the vaccine, as the number of cases in NSW climbs to 40 since Christmas.

 Two new cases of measles have been reported in Western NSW, both were in young men who were unsure if they had been vaccinated against measles in the past.

 GPH Senior General Practitioner, Dr Richard Griffiths, says measles is highly contagious:

 “The disease is spread through the air by someone who is unwell and can then take up to 18 days for signs to appear.”

  “Symptoms include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed by a spotty, red rash,” Dr Griffiths said.

 “If anyone thinks they may have contracted it, they should call the clinic before their appointment to make sure they aren’t sent to the waiting room alongside vulnerable patients.”

 “We encourage anyone who is unsure if their vaccination is up to date, particularly if they are travelling overseas or to an area where a number of recent cases have been reported in NSW, to discuss a measles-mumps-rubella vaccine with their GP,” Dr Griffiths added.

 The vaccination is free for anyone born during or after 1966 who hasn’t already had two doses.

 While the risk of infection is low in fully-vaccinated people, health experts urge anyone who comes into contact with someone who has measles to remain alert for symptoms.

 For more information on measles visit: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/measles/Pages/key-facts.aspx

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