“Angela admits that she had no idea that chickenpox can cause serious complications including sepsis, pneumonia, brain damage and, as in Alex’s case, even triggering a stroke. Now aged 14, he remains partially paralysed and struggles to talk. His future is uncertain.”
Waitematā District Health Board We spoke with Anthony, whose daughter Kaylee recently contracted the measles. The pair were confined to an isolation room at Waitakere Hospital for five days until Kaylee was well enough to head home. 😭
Kaylee and her sister are fully up-to-date with their vaccinations - but with Kaylee being under 15 months at the time she contracted measles, she was yet to have her MMR shots.
It was a frightening time for Anthony, and he's encouraging the public to be proactive with immunising themselves and their whānau.
Having more people immunised helps prevent the spread of measles in the community and minimises the risk of infants too young to be vaccinated contracting this highly infectious disease.
The MMR vaccine is normally given at 15 months and at 4 years. If you or anyone in your whānau hasn't been immunised, it's FREE if you're under 50 years! You can get yours from your GP, practice nurse or student health centre.
“The idea of developing "natural immunity" has huge appeal. Many locals believe that not vaccinating has made the whole community healthier. (This is incorrect: figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show that life expectancy, child mortality and rates of all cancers are worse in this region than the national averages.)”. ... See MoreSee Less