Measles Vaccination Should Be Nationwide Programme

Measles Vaccination Should Be Nationwide ProgrammeSeeing the pervasiveness of measles, Auckland's public health service has called for a national mass vaccination programme. Authorities were of the view that there is no point tracking people who have been exposed to measles, as now there are many.

The central Auckland has more than 200 cases and is worst hit, next comes Waitemata which has also been hit hard by measles. Till now, more than 20 cases have been registered in the region and lots of other diseases and viral infections are also being observed in the region.

There seems to be no end in Auckland, as 29 cases came into notice for measles last week and out of it, 19 were from Auckland and the rest were from Northland to Southland districts. Mass vaccination is a good idea, especially at the time when there is sudden outburst of measles in the country. Paediatric infectious diseases specialist Professor Diana Lennon, of Auckland University, supported the move and recommended that vaccination should be given to all and should start from first standard child.

Dr. Nikki Turner, who is the director of the Immunization Advisory Centre at Auckland University, agreed that immunization programme needs to be taken out national level, and it is the only measure by which every person could have measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination.

The Government for long is trying its best to increase its coverage area in relation to measles immunization program. Even the ministry's Immunization Handbook has mentioned that children of 15 months should be given two shots of MMR and the first dose should be given as early as possible, extending maximum to 4 years of age.

One of the important myths that have been related to measles is that it could only affect children, and not adults or elderly people. But, it is not that case and anybody, irrespective of the age and gender, could be affected by measles.