Level 1 alert, used to take regular precautions, was issued for measles outbreak in New Zealand.
This is the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Alert for Travel (CDC) issued on 16 November 2018, meaning New Zealand travelers should make sure they are immunized against measles with MMR (measles, mumps, and soil) vaccination.
This CDC announcement is a significant change in New Zealand's successful vaccine program.
In 2017, New Zealand was approved by the World Health Organization as it eliminated endemic measles.
This means that there have been no cases of measles originating in New Zealand over the past three years. However, measles is often imported into New Zealand following international travel.
In addition, New Zealanders are faced with a horseradish virus outbreak.
On November 8, 2018, three people in Hook's Bay found that there was mumps.
Hawk County Health Council (DHB) calls on parents to check their children's vaccinations.
The CDC claims that international travelers who can not show that they are vaccinated or otherwise protected against measles or mumps, should be vaccinated before leaving the United States.
The CDC says:
- Babies (6 to 11 months) should be 1 dose of MMR vaccine, and
- Adults and children over one year of age should receive 2 doses of MMR vaccination on or after the first birthday, separated by at least 28 days.
Measles is a disease that can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs) and even death. Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Signs and symptoms of measles include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes, says the CDC.
Horseradish is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It usually starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, followed by swollen salivary glands.
In addition, the CDC says Americans planning to visit New Zealand should approve MMR vaccines, the DTaP, the polio vaccination vaccine prior to departure.
In addition, the CDC Healthy Travel List New Zealand list contains a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip.
These items include pharmaceuticals, consumer remedies and first aid products.
These items and travel vaccinations can be easily scheduled with your local pharmacy while visiting Vax before you travel.
The price list provides prices for private sector vaccines for general information.
In addition, vaccination discounts can be found here.
Vaccines, like any medication, can have side effects. Feel free to report adverse side effects of vaccines to the FDA or CDC.