Waikato DHB has moved from emergency planning to recovery phase; including management of vaccine, catch up immunisation for priority groups and information for the community and health professionals. There will be a programme for addressing the long-standing immunity gap when sufficient vaccine is available. There have been 35 confirmed cases of measles in Waikato DHB since 1 August (51 since 1 January 2019).
It was great to see the collaborative efforts of those who worked on the ground from Te Puna Oranga, Hauraki PHO and Te Kōhao Health to promote youth wellbeing and MMR immunisation at Te Mana Kuratahi (National Primary Schools Haka Competition) event.
The Measles Activation site provided a perfect opportunity for the team to connect and korero with over 200 children about measles, immunisation and general health with three people vaccinated and 18 getting help to enrol with a GP.