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Parents urged to take Their children to nearest Health Center for Measles Immunization

Parents around the country have been urged to take their children under five years old to nearest health centers for measles doses or immunization.

PNG Health Department’s Expanded Program on Immunization Manager Dr. Mathias Bauri says those children who had got their measles doses are safe from the disease.

The zero dose is given when a child in 0 – 6 months old, the first dose is given when the child is between 6 – 9 months, and the second dose is given when the child goes beyond 18 months.

The parents of those children who did not take either of the scheduled doses of measles are urge to do so by going to the clinic as they are available.

The precautionary message comes after severe measles outbreak reported in neighboring Pacific Island nations including Samoa and Fiji.
Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Measles starts with fever. Soon after, it causes a cough, runny nose, and red eyes. Then a rash of tiny, red spots breaks out. It starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body.
NDOH is working closely with the Immigrations ensuring travelers going out or coming in the country are been properly checked.

Measles is different from Polio, and again, authorities are encouraging parents to take their children to get measles doses.

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