Measles outbreak confined to Serua/Namosi subdivision, says Ministry

Atu Rasoki Nayacabuka (right) getting his measles vaccine injection at the Ministry of Health vaccination booth in Pacific Harbour. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE measles outbreak is still confined to the Serua/Namosi Subdivision, and specifically the Wailali Settlement in Wainadoi.

This has been confirmed in a statement by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

“The  is pleased to see the positive support from the members of the public in their proactive efforts to contain the measles outbreak in Serua/Namosi by presenting for immunisation and reporting symptoms,’ it stated.

As the response by the public has been positive the Ministry of Health and Medical Services would like to highlight the measles vaccine is currently limited to 4 groups who are at most at risk of contracting measles, and these are;

  1. Any child in Fiji who has notreceived 2 doses of measles vaccine.  If you’re unsure visit your nearest health centre with your child’s health record for it to be checked by a health care worker.  They will be immunised on the spot if needed.
  2. Anyone who resides in Serua/Namosiand is over 6 months of age is urgently advised to receive a dose of the measles vaccine regardless of prior vaccination status if they have not done so already.
  3. Anyone who intends on travelling into Serua/Namosiis urged to get vaccinated at least 2 weeks before travel. The vaccine is available from any health centre in Fiji.
  4. Anyone who intends to travel overseas and is over 6 months of ageis advised to get a measles vaccine prior to travel from their nearest health centre.

“The only exceptions to those in the above groups are pregnant women, those with compromised immune systems, and those with a known allergy to the vaccine. These people should not be vaccinated.”

Since the last update there have been zero confirmed new cases of measles from Serua/Namosi or anywhere else in Fiji. There are currently 4 confirmed cases – all from the Wailali Settlement in Wainadoi.

 

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