There is an outbreak of measles affecting children in SA, especially those 5-9 years old.
? If you’re pregnant, try to avoid infected persons
Measles can cause premature birth, low birth weight and miscarriage.
Let family members and neighbours know about the outbreak.
?Look out for these symptoms
• High fever
• Runny nose
• Hacking (dry) cough
• White spots in mouth
• Sore throat
• Itchy, red rash that starts near the ears and spreads to the body, arms and legs
? Make sure your child is vaccinated
Check the Road to Health Booklet and take your child to the clinic for any missed vaccines. It’s never too late to make up a missed dose.
• Babies 6 – 11 months should have had 1 measles vaccination dose.
• Toddlers 12 months or older should have had 2 doses.
If your child isn't vaccinated and you see any measles symptoms, go to the clinic immediately.
? School vaccinations
If you have a child at school, please agree for them to get an extra vaccination dose (booster) free at school.