Residents across the greater Wellington region are being assured there are sufficient supplies of the measles vaccine in the wake of recent outbreaks in Canterbury, Auckland, Dunedin and Waikato.
Measles symptoms include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed by a red, blotchy rash on the head and neck that spreads to the rest of the body.
TUHS has stated that throughout the outbreak they will be taking several steps, including "updating and educating the campus community; treating and educating anyone who presents symptoms; and identifying individuals who have been in close contact with symptomatic individuals and recommending that they receive the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine".
Clark County Public Health says they confirmed a new case yesterday, bringing the county's total to 71 confirmed cases.More news: Woman awarded $42 million in baby powder terminal cancer lawsuit
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus.
On Monday the Canterbury District Health Board confirmed 25 cases, adding in a statement that it was likely the number of infections would rise. Anyone who has received two doses of a measles-containing vaccine is highly unlikely to get measles.
Pharmac director of operations Lisa Williams says the country's drug-buying agency is continuing to monitor demand for the vaccine "very carefully".
"We know that one dose of measles vaccine including MMR protects 95% of people against developing measles".More news: Saudi kingdom pursuing justice in Khashoggi murder, says official
Yet over the past few weeks, we have heard Canadian parents speak to the media about watching their children suffer through a vaccine-preventable disease.
The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday said that it will step up its measles vaccination activities among school children from Kindergarten to Grade six before the end of the academic year.
"It's important we maintain the existing nationwide immunisation programme, including in Wellington, but also encourage teenagers and young adults who have never been immunised". This also applies if you or a family member aren't fully immunised and may have been in contact with someone with measles.More news: Watch leaked footage of Conor McGregor stomping on fan’s cell phone