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NZ doesn’t need to ban unvaccinated kids from childcare – Nikki Turner

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 14th, 2017.

Should New Zealand follow the Australian ‘no jab, no pay’ model to boost immunisation rates? Nikki Turner from the Immunisation Advisory Centre says no, our current approach is working. An excerpt (read in full): By being systematic, setting national targets and communicating effectively to healthcare providers and parents, we have seen a dramatic improvement in […]

Measles cases increasing

John Kerr posted in on March 7th, 2014.

Increasing cases of measles, particularly in Auckland, have health officials worried. The discovery of two measles infected passengers on a recent flight from Brisbane to Auckland has added to health authorities concern over the growing number of cases. The Auckland Regional Public Health Service confirmed the cases yesterday, with that the total number of measles […]

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Wakefield paper retracted by The Lancet

Peter Griffin posted in on February 3rd, 2010.

Prestigious medical journal The Lancet has formally retracted the paper in which Andrew Wakefield, the doctor behind claims that the MMR vaccine can be linked to autism, first claimed such effects. The MMR, or measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, came under scrutiny in the late 1990s when Andrew Wakefield, a British doctor, wrote a paper […]

TVNZ/NZPA: Measles could be eliminated with vaccination

Peter Griffin posted in on December 10th, 2009.

More funding for immunisation in New Zealand could have a significant effect, possibly eliminating measles and substantially reducing the incidence of other diseases, says a local expert. Dr Nikki Turner, director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre at Auckland University, says the government subsidies need to be heightened to ensure that medical practices have the ability […]

Measles spread continues

Peter Griffin posted in on August 6th, 2009.

The measles outbreak which first began in Christchurch in early July has now spread to Auckland. The outbreak, which began at a Christchurch high school, soon spread to other schools in the city, although it was initially reported that it had been contained. It was quickly identified that some of those affected had, in fact, […]

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Measles outbreak in Christchurch continues

Peter Griffin posted in on July 15th, 2009.

A significant outbreak of measles in Christchurch is continuing to spread.   The incident started at the beginning of July when 4 students at a local high school were diagnosed with the disease.  Currently, there are 21 confirmed cases of measles in Christchurch, and the possibility of its spread to other schools and a childcare […]

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