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Measles case prompts college clampdown

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/05/2016

School's out for Morrinsville College students until May 24 unless they have written proof they've had two doses of the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine.

A student at the school has been treated for measles by the Waikato District Health Board, prompting a public health response.

The school's sports teams have not been competing this weekend and the school will be closed on Monday to allow staff and students to check their immunisation status.

From Tuesday students and staff can attend only if they have proof in writing they've had two doses of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Staff born before 1969 are considered to have natural immunity and can return to work immediately.

However, half of the college's teaching staff were born after that date and will have to provide the same written evidence as students, and most will have to have an extra MMR vaccination, the college says.

"Those students who have not had the two required vaccinations must stay at home for at least a minimum of 14 days from their last potential contact with the affected student.

"The advice from the medical officer of health is that this makes their next day of school Tuesday May 24," the school says.

The DHB says measles is a serious illness, and one in 10 people with measles needs hospital treatment.

Measles is infectious before the rash appears, and is easily transmitted from one person to another through the air.

There are 20 confirmed cases of measles in Waikato and 12 are under investigation.

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