Community alert for measles

ALERT: NSW Health have issued an community alert after four cases of measles were detected in Sydney.
ALERT: NSW Health have issued an community alert after four cases of measles were detected in Sydney. Contributed

A COMMUNITY alert has been issued by NSW Health following the four people contracting measles.

Director of North Coast Public Health, Paul Corben said there have been no cases of the highly infectious disease on the Coffs Coast.

"At this stage, there is not direct links with it coming up to the north coast," Mr Corben said.

In saying this, Mr Corben acknowledged the increased danger of measles spreading with school holidays approaching.

He said the North Coast Public Heath have measures in place to prepare for potential cases.

"We are constantly prepared for that possibility and that's why we put a lot of effort into trying to support parents trying to vaccinate their children," he said.

Mr Corben advised the community to ensure their measles vaccinations are up-to-date to best protect against the disease.

"The best thing people should do is be vaccinated against measles. Its never too late to be vaccinated," he said.

"In an era when we have a very safe and effective vaccine, this is a disease we really shouldn't see."

Those born from 1966 should have two doses of the measles vaccine which will according to Mr Corben protect 99% of people.

He said those travelling abroad should also ensure they are immunised for the disease.

For more information, visit NSW Health.

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