• The City of Tshwane advises all parents and\ guardians to take their children to the nearest health care centre or clinic for a dose of measles vaccine. The City's health teams are currently on a healthcare outreach targeting crèches to immunise all children from 6 months up to 5 years against measles, irrespective of their immunisation status.

     

    The visits are part of the City's 2017 Emergency Measles Outbreak Campaign which started on 2 May 2017and will run until 26 May 2017. MMC for Health and Social Development Cllr Sakkie du Plooy said the City is responding to the National Department of Health's advice to tackle measles outbreak following an increase in confirmed cases since the beginning of March this year in Gauteng province.  

     

    "Timely vaccination of measles is the best way to prevent the spread. Any child who is not protected against the disease is at risk of catching this highly contagious disease. A measles outbreak anywhere is a risk everywhere", du Plooy said.

     

    Measles is a serious disease, which can cause blindness, deafness, brain damage, pneumonia and even death. It can affect anyone, including children and adults.

     

    What parents need to

     

    For children in crèches, please complete and sign the consent form and send it back to the crèche the following day. If your children are not attending a crèche, take them to the nearest clinic. No "Road to Health" cards or booklets are required.

     

    Symptoms

     

    Measles is the most serious of the common childhood viral illnesses.

     

    Symptoms include a fever, rash, runny nose, cough and red eyes .

     

    In severe cases symptoms include mouth ulcers, a painful throat and diarrhoea.

     

    How is it treated?

     

    There is no specific treatment for measles; because it is a virus, it needs to run its course.

     

    • Pain and fever medicine will make the child feel more comfortable when required.

    • Keep the child hydrated.

    • Good nutrition is essential. Immune-boosting supplements may help, especially vitamin A.

    • If a secondary bacterial infection steps in, a doctor will prescribe the appropriate antibiotics.

    • The child needs to be kept home and away from people for at least 5 days.

     

    "It is equally the responsibility of guardians to be vigilant as measles is a potentially dangerous disease, so we urge all parents and keepers to heed the call to vaccinate children", concluded du Plooy.

     

 


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