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National Measles Immunisation Campaign Temporarily Suspended Due To Tropical Cyclone Sarai

A statement from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services said members of the public will be informed when the campaign will recommence.
27 Dec 2019 13:59
National Measles Immunisation Campaign Temporarily Suspended Due To Tropical Cyclone Sarai
Measles vaccinations.

The National Measles Immunisation Campaign is temporarily suspended due to Tropical Cyclone Sarai.

A statement from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services said members of the public will be informed when the campaign will recommence.

Measles is contagious and the Ministry and to help stop the spread of the disease, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has advised that Fijians take the following precautions:
• Avoid non-essential travel to Serua/Namosi, Nasilai Village Nakelo, Saumakia village in Naitasiri. Non-essential travel includes all visits and gatherings. If you need to travel to these areas, please get vaccinated against measles at least two weeks before travel. Please avoid taking those that cannot get vaccinated (e.g. babies under the age of 6 months and pregnant women) to the outbreak areas.
• Avoid holding or attending large gatherings of people, especially in Central Division, but also those that bring participants from across the country or overseas (such as youth camps, religious gatherings, graduation ceremonies, sporting events, etc). Measles can spread very easily among large groups of people if they are not immune, who can then take the disease back into their communities.
• If you are holding an event or gathering with international visitors, or participants from an outbreak area, please strongly encourage them to get vaccinated against measles at least two (2) weeks before travel. This especially applies to visitors traveling from other countries with measles outbreaks i.e. New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga.

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